to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cooking: We concocted a meal from leftovers since no one had time to stop at the store.
to devise; make up; contrive: He'll have to concoct an excuse for his absence if he wants to keep the job.
- con·coct·er, con·coc·tor, noun
- con·coc·tive, adjective
- well-con·coct·ed, adjective
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How to use concoct in a sentence
The city concocted a plan to raise the hotels’ property taxes in a way they could pass along to their customers, like the hotel room tax.A Convention Center Expansion Is Still Years and Several Court Battles Away | Scott Lewis | August 25, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
She and her colleagues previously showed that treating corals with carefully concocted probiotic cocktails could mitigate coral bleaching in lab experiments.Probiotics help lab corals survive deadly heat stress | Jonathan Lambert | August 13, 2021 | Science News
The concocted calculation proved highly popular in social sciences, biomedical and epidemiological research, neuroscience and biological anthropology.How the strange idea of ‘statistical significance’ was born | Bruce Bower | August 12, 2021 | Science News
The friend told the IG agent that he was not there in any formal capacity for the FBI and that Ibrahim had concocted the story, according to court records.DEA agent trespassed at Capitol on Jan. 6 and lied about it, prosecutors say | Rachel Weiner | July 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Doping shreds public trust in athletics and in each affected sport — not just in countries known for concocting systematic doping measures, but right here in the United States.
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.
That means shoppers will no longer have to rely on the big-name designers to concoct pieces with the latest trends.
You can create anything, add flavorings—you can concoct things.
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 | Megan McArdle | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
So why did anybody ever bother to concoct the oil story in the first place?
"But you must concoct something with more staying power," he went on.The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
I must concoct a letter and explain my views; and the more I can make him understand how things really are the better.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
All that region abounds in sweet, wild apples, from which the Indians concoct a fermented liquor which they call chi-chi.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
I marched on with my men, leaving him and Belfort to concoct whatever mischief they would.In Hostile Red | Joseph Altsheler
In story-telling, those who concoct the biggest lies receive the most applause.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
British Dictionary definitions for concoct
to make by combining different ingredients
to invent; make up; contrive
- concocter or concoctor, noun
- concoctive, adjective
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