- 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
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Examples from the Web for concocting
The monologist best known for concocting parts of his Apple exposé named his new play ‘Yes All Women.’The Redemption of Fabulist Mike Daisey
June 20, 2014
Even then, DiPascali said, Madoff was concocting a trading strategy that he would describe to his customers in exotic terms.Madoff Henchman Rats Out Co-Workers
Allan Dodds Frank
December 3, 2013
Rather than concocting sophisticated odes to misery, perhaps we might consider a different approach to urban growth.City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree
September 16, 2013
The domestic authority went dressed as a ‘Glitter Queen’ by concocting a costume made of Scotch tape and her own brand of glitter.Amy Winehouse's Wedding Dress Stolen, Anna Wintour Defends Tory Burch
The Fashion Beast Team
November 2, 2012
I now see that by the standards of modern American society, I do something comparable to concocting my own laundry detergent.The Art of Making Puff Pastry
February 23, 2011
Lady Flo: Then tell me what it was you were concocting with Jem!
All the way along she was concocting the further details of the great affair.A Hungarian Nabob
Who could have supposed that all this time Tiresias was concocting an epigram on Pluto!The Infernal Marriage
"That means he's concocting an epistle," said Hastings, with a grin.Under Fire
He aided the king as much as he could in making his arrangements and in concocting all his plans.Richard I
- to make by combining different ingredients
- to invent; make up; contrive
Word Origin and History for concocting
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.