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[kon-kokt, kuhn-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cookery: to concoct a meal from leftovers.
  2. to devise; make up; contrive: to concoct an excuse.
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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

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Related Words for concocting

envision, fabricate, create, contrive, discover, invent, devise, hatch, plot, prepare, frame, originate, batch, project, brew, design, plan, mature, compound, vamp

Examples from the Web for concocting

Contemporary Examples of concocting

Historical Examples of concocting

  • 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.

  • Who could have supposed that all this time Tiresias was concocting an epigram on Pluto!

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • "That means he's concocting an epistle," said Hastings, with a grin.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • He aided the king as much as he could in making his arrangements and in concocting all his plans.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for concocting


verb (tr)
  1. to make by combining different ingredients
  2. to invent; make up; contrive
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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 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.

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