- to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cookery: to concoct a meal from leftovers.
- to devise; make up; contrive: to concoct an excuse.
Origin of concoct
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Examples from the Web for concoct
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
That means shoppers will no longer have to rely on the big-name designers to concoct pieces with the latest trends.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
You can create anything, add flavorings—you can concoct things.This Book Will Change the Way You Eat
December 19, 2013
His lifelong obsession with elegance and order, he said, led him to concoct sexy results that journals found attractive.How Social Scientists, and the Rest of Us, Got Seduced By a Good Story
April 30, 2013
So why did anybody ever bother to concoct the oil story in the first place?The Real Story of Hanukkah
December 15, 2012
I am not prepared to give you the money I have saved for any tale you choose to concoct.The Hound From The North
It took him some time to concoct his telegram, and put it into cypher.Chatterbox, 1905.
The reporter, armed with this information, proceeded to concoct a legend.The Son of Monte Christo
As we had plenty of meat he was able to concoct as much broth as I could consume.Adventures in Africa
I think it possible that I may concoct with it some scheme for our return.Hypolympia
- to make by combining different ingredients
- to invent; make up; contrive
Word Origin and History for concoct
1530s, "to digest," from Latin concoctus, past participle of concoquere "to digest; to boil together, prepare; to consider well," from com- "together" (see com-) + coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Meaning "to prepare an edible thing" is from 1670s. First expanded metaphorically beyond cooking 1792. Related: Concocted; concocting.