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
A South Korean automaker is taking over Boston Dynamics, the robotics company best known for concocting viral stunt videos featuring quirky animatrons.Robot dog firm Boston Dynamics is getting a new owner: Hyundai | Dalvin Brown | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Dugdale began to concoct a series of increasingly wild assaults on British imperialism.‘The Woman Who Stole Vermeer’ revisits the strange tale of a British heiress who became a notorious art thief | Katharine Weber | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
These programs, however, were specially concocted to defy obfuscation and bear little resemblance to real-world programs.Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography | Erica Klarreich | November 10, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chairman and former Disney and DreamWorks executive who concocted the startup, claimed in an interview with the New York Times that the pandemic wrecked the launch.Quibi calls quits: ‘Our failure was not for lack of trying’ | rhhackettfortune | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
The tricky part was how to get from “most” number lists to “all” number lists, even those whose structure might be specially concocted to try to avoid arithmetic progressions.Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture | Erica Klarreich | August 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
When Bai refused her proposal, he contends, the so-called Taliban fiancé concocted the rape story to cast blame on Bai.Afghanistan’s Rape Crisis: Villagers Fear U.S.-Backed Militias | Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau | May 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He means Benghazi, of course—a concocted conspiracy incomprehensible to most Americans.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP | Robert Shrum | May 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Frankly, I was one of those duped by Ambrose's concocted interviews.
Her supporters concocted any number of reasons to promote her ascension to the top floor of Foggy Bottom.Susan Rice Didn’t Deserve State Post, Let Alone Her U.N. Role | Jacob Heilbrunn | December 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, there were sound bites, gaffes, and concocted controversies; there always are.
It was no brash idea, no hare-brained impulse concocted in one's cups, perhaps.
In their dark recesses were concocted those treasons, stratagems, and spoils that desolated the land.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Fortunately I saw projecting from one of his huge pockets a large bottle of some specific which he had concocted for a patient.Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
He had corrupted the chastest women in England by means of the love-philtre which Dr. Lambe concocted for him.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
Cousin Charley, perhaps feeling it would be a good rehearsal, recounted the story he had concocted to relate to Alfred's parents.Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
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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