[kon-kokt, kuhn-]

verb (used with object)

to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cookery: to concoct a meal from leftovers.
to devise; make up; contrive: to concoct an excuse.

Origin of concoct

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 formscon·coct·er, con·coc·tor, nouncon·coc·tive, adjectivewell-con·coct·ed, adjective

Synonyms for concoct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of concoct

Historical Examples of concoct

  • I am not prepared to give you the money I have saved for any tale you choose to concoct.

  • It took him some time to concoct his telegram, and put it into cypher.

  • The reporter, armed with this information, proceeded to concoct a legend.

  • As we had plenty of meat he was able to concoct as much broth as I could consume.

    Adventures in Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I think it possible that I may concoct with it some scheme for our return.


    Edmund Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for concoct


verb (tr)

to make by combining different ingredients
to invent; make up; contrive
Derived Formsconcocter or concoctor, nounconcoctive, adjective

Word Origin for concoct

C16: from Latin concoctus cooked together, from concoquere, from coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for concoct

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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