[ kon-kokt, kuhn- ]
See synonyms for: concoctconcocted on

verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

  2. to devise; make up; contrive: He'll have to concoct an excuse for his absence if he wants to keep the job.

Origin of concoct

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin concoctus (past participle of concoquere “to cook together”), equivalent to con- con- + coc-, variant stem of coquere “to boil, cook1 ” from Greek péptein; see pepsin, peptic) + -tus past participle ending

Other words for concoct

Other words from concoct

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for concoct


/ (kənˈkɒkt) /

  1. to make by combining different ingredients

  2. to invent; make up; contrive

Origin of concoct

C16: from Latin concoctus cooked together, from concoquere, from coquere to cook

Derived forms of concoct

  • concocter or concoctor, noun
  • concoctive, adjective

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