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concoct

[kon-kokt, kuh n-] /kɒnˈkɒkt, kən-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cookery:
to concoct a meal from leftovers.
2.
to devise; make up; contrive:
to concoct an excuse.
Origin of concoct
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin concoctus (past participle of concoquere to cook together), equivalent to con- con- + coc-, variant stem of coquere to boil, cook1 (akin to Greek péptein; see pepsin, peptic) + -tus past participle ending
Related forms
concocter, concoctor, noun
concoctive, adjective
well-concocted, adjective
Synonyms
2. invent, fabricate, hatch.
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  • Lady Flo: Then tell me what it was you were concocting with Jem!

  • All the way along she was concocting the further details of the great affair.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Who could have supposed that all this time Tiresias was concocting an epigram on Pluto!

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • "That means he's concocting an epistle," said Hastings, with a grin.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • He aided the king as much as he could in making his arrangements and in concocting all his plans.

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British Dictionary definitions for concocting

concoct

/kənˈkɒkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make by combining different ingredients
2.
to invent; make up; contrive
Derived Forms
concocter, concoctor, noun
concoctive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin concoctus cooked together, from concoquere, from coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for concocting

concoct

v.

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.

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