There are 2 main definitions of bake in English:

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bake 1

Pronunciation: /bāk/


[with object]
1Cook (food) by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven or on a hot surface: they bake their own bread and cakes [with two objects]: I baked him a cake for his birthday (as adjective baked) baked apples
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  • The advantage lies in the fact that microwave oven bakes the moist ingredients about three times faster.
  • She entered the kitchen to the enticing smell of beef stew, newly baked bread, and apple pie.
  • We cook, bake bread, make cheese, sew, make soap and candles, and milk goats.
1.1 [no object] (Of food) be cooked by baking: the bread was baking on hot stones
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  • To help keep larger cuts of meat from drying out while broiling, grilling or baking, sear them first.
  • While pie is baking, mix the topping ingredients, first the butter and brown sugar until crumbly, then blending in the nuts.
  • While the pie was baking, she removed some vegetables and meat from the icebox to prepare for dinner.
2(Of the sun or other agency) subject (something) to dry heat, especially so as to harden it: the sun has baked the earth a dusty brown
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  • Foolishly I brought my sandals to the arena where the bands are today in a misguided hope that the sun would bake the mud dry… oh no no no.
  • When the mud gets baked by the sun, spreading cracks curve around the weakened edge of this column and so bypass the insect.
  • The early afternoon sun was now baking my tired body as I cruised the rolling downhills listening to my IPod.
scorch, burn, sear, parch, dry (up), desiccate;
2.1 [no object] informal (Of a person or place) be or become extremely hot in prolonged sun or hot weather: the city was baking in a heat wave (as adjective baking) the summer’s baking heat
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  • And unusual weather takes the fun out of summer, as many people bake in the worst heat wave in years.
  • We had been in the Gulf for several months, baking in the summer heat.
  • The BSE crisis came on top of a poor crop production year in 2003 as most of western Canada baked under a summer-long heat wave.


[with modifier]
North American A social gathering at which baked food is eaten: lobster bakes on deserted islands
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  • Becker was at the annual Kirkland Rotary salmon bake.
  • The lobster bake was clearly a coming-out party for Allen.
  • The Willimantic Elks Club sponsors its annual lobster bake Aug. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.


baked in the cake

US informal Inevitable or unchangeable as a result of previous actions or events: look out for the next big tax—it is pretty much baked in the cake now
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  • Even if the monthly data for November and December look good, a weak GDP showing is already baked in the cake.
  • Higher prices for goods and services are already "baked in the cake" and will show up on the retail level well before 2010.
  • The deal appeared to be baked in the cake until the meddlers at a New York fund launched a counter offer.

Phrasal verbs

bake something in

Incorporate something as an integral part of a product, service, or system: we have baked in XML web services as part of the core of our platform (as adjective baked-in) the company continues to place a heavy emphasis on baked-in security
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  • So why bake in all that complexity?
  • The assumption is that technology is baked in there.
  • And when Michael started importing some sites himself, he found about 10 bugs I had baked in by mistake.


Old English bacan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bakken and German backen.

Words that rhyme with bake

ache, awake, betake, Blake, brake, break, cake, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, make, mistake, opaque, partake, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake
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There are 2 main definitions of bake in English:

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bake 2

Pronunciation: /beɪk/

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(also baik)


Northern Irish informal
1A person’s mouth: shut your bake!
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  • Sit down an' close your bake.
  • Shut your bake Mark, and quit gawping!
  • If in doubt, just shut your bake and open your ears.
1.1A person’s face: my oul bake is in every major newspaper
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  • She's tried to force his hand and ended up with a metaphorical slap in the bake.
  • Who will triumph in teetering stilettos and who will fall flat on her fake-tanned bake?
  • I know what you're thinking when you see my oul' bake.


1920s: representing a pronunciation of beak1.

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