[ beyk ]
See synonyms for: bakebakedbaking on

verb (used with object),baked, bak·ing.
  1. to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.

  2. to harden by heat: to bake pottery in a kiln.

  1. to dry by, or subject to heat: The sun baked the land.

verb (used without object),baked, bak·ing.
  1. to bake bread, a casserole, etc.

  2. to become baked: The cake will bake in about half an hour.

  1. to be subjected to heat: The lizard baked on the hot rocks.

  1. a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.

Verb Phrases
  1. bake in / into

    • 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.

Origin of bake

First recorded before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan; cognate with Old High German bahhan, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein “to roast”; from Proto-Indo-European extended root bhēg-, bhōg- “to warm, roast”

Other words from bake

  • outbake, 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, adjective
  • un·der·bake, verb (used with object), un·der·baked, un·der·bak·ing.
  • well-baked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bake in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bake


/ (beɪk) /

  1. (tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven

  2. (intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven

  1. to make or become hardened by heat

  2. (intr) informal to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun

  1. US a party at which the main dish is baked

  2. a batch of things baked at one time

  1. Scot a kind of biscuit

  2. Caribbean a small flat fried cake

Origin of bake

Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast

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