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verb (used with object), baked, bak·ing.
  1. to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
  2. to harden by heat: to bake pottery in a kiln.
  3. to dry by, or subject to heat: The sun baked the land.
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verb (used without object), baked, bak·ing.
  1. to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
  2. to become baked: The cake will bake in about half an hour.
  3. to be subjected to heat: The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
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  1. a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
  2. Scot. cracker(def 1).
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Verb Phrases
  1. bake in/into,
    1. Computers.to incorporate (a feature) as part of a system or piece of software or hardware while it is still in development: The location-tracking service is baked in the new app. Security features come baked into the operating system.
    2. to include as an inseparable or permanent part: Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.
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Origin of bake

before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan, past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein to roast; < IE alternating base *bheHog-, bhəg-
Related formsout·bake, verb (used with object), out·baked, out·bak·ing.o·ver·bake, verb, o·ver·baked, o·ver·bak·ing.pre·bake, verb, pre·baked, pre·bak·ing.re·bake, verb (used with object), re·baked, re·bak·ing.un·baked, adjectiveun·der·bake, verb (used with object), un·der·baked, un·der·bak·ing.well-baked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for overbaked

Historical Examples

  • And when they came out of the oven, they were that overbaked the crusts were too hard to eat.

    English Fairy Tales


  • The latter, on the other hand, may be overbaked and deficient in weight.

  • And when they come out of the oven, they was that overbaked the crust were too hard to eat.

  • I think those little citron buns are nicer than a great cake like Mrs. Thursby's; and hers are always so black and overbaked.

  • One of them was a big man with a brassy voice and a face that looked as if it had been overbaked in a waffle-iron.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for overbaked


  1. (tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
  2. (intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
  3. to make or become hardened by heat
  4. (intr) informal to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
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  1. US a party at which the main dish is baked
  2. a batch of things baked at one time
  3. Scot a kind of biscuit
  4. Caribbean a small flat fried cake
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Word Origin

Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast
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Word Origin and History for overbaked



Old English bacan "to bake," from Proto-Germanic *bakanan (cf. Old Norse baka, Middle Dutch backen, Old High German bahhan, German backen), from PIE *bheg- "to warm, roast, bake" (cf. Greek phogein "to roast"), from root *bhe- "to warm" (see bath). Related: Baked (Middle English had baken); baking. Baked beans attested by 1803.

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"social gathering at which baked food is served," 1846, American English, from bake (v.).

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