[ beyk ]
/ beɪk /
verb (used with object), baked, bak·ing.
to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
to harden by heat: to bake pottery in a kiln.
to dry by, or subject to heat: The sun baked the land.
verb (used without object), baked, bak·ing.
to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
to become baked: The cake will bake in about half an hour.
to be subjected to heat: The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
Scot. cracker(def 1).
- Computers. to incorporate (a feature) as part of a system or piece of software or hardware while it is still in development: The location-tracking service is baked in the new app. Security features come baked into the operating system.
- to include as an inseparable or permanent part: Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.
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Origin of bake
before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan, past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein to roast; < IE alternating base *bheHog-, bhəg-
out·bake, verb (used with object), out·baked, out·bak·ing.o·ver·bake, verb, o·ver·baked, o·ver·bak·ing.pre·bake, verb, pre·baked, pre·bak·ing.re·bake, verb (used with object), re·baked, re·bak·ing.
un·baked, adjectiveun·der·bake, verb (used with object), un·der·baked, un·der·bak·ing.well-baked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bake in (1 of 2)
(tr, adverb) informal to include (a feature) as an inteɡral part of a computer's operating system
British Dictionary definitions for bake in (2 of 2)
/ (beɪk) /
(tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
(intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
to make or become hardened by heat
(intr) informal to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
US a party at which the main dish is baked
a batch of things baked at one time
Scot a kind of biscuit
Caribbean a small flat fried cake
Word Origin for bake
Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast
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