Definition of bake in English:


Syllabification: bake
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.
    cook, oven-bake, roast, dry-roast
  • 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; broil
  • 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.


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  • 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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  • Fiscal and monetary policy are more or less baked in the cake for 2004.
  • Traders say the Friday vote was baked in the cake.
  • A quarter point rate hike is baked in the cake.

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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  • It combines an LED flat panel television set with built-in speakers, a baked-in Internet connection, and a combination CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.
  • We’re learning that Microsoft’s newest mobile OS has similar functionality baked in.
  • DLNA support comes baked in, allowing you to wirelessly throw your music, photos, and videos to other DLNA-compatible devices in your home.


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

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