There are 2 definitions of toast in English:

toast1

Syllabification: toast
Pronunciation: /tōst
 
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noun

1Sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to radiant heat.
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  • Then we excavated the oily marrow with tiny wooden forks, dabbing little bits of it on slices of challah toast.
  • My breakfast is always the same: two pieces of brown toast with slices of banana on top, a cup of tea and an apple juice.
  • She turned back into the kitchen where she carefully removed a sheet containing golden brown slices of garlic toast from the oven.
2A call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and drink together in honor of a person or thing, or an instance of drinking in this way: he raised his glass in a toast to his son
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  • This week, when you're chinking your champagne glasses and raising a toast to the neighbours who've become good friends, just remember.
  • She holds forward her glass in a mock toast and finishes her drink with a smile.
  • Many toasts were raised, and drunk in respect of significance.
Synonyms
tribute, salute, salutation
archaic pledge
2.1 [in singular] A person or thing that is very popular or held in high regard by a particular group of people: he found himself the toast of the baseball world
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  • In addition to speeches before several nonprofit groups, the popular Texan was the toast of a few private gatherings.
  • Now, more than 40 years later, he is the toast of entrepreneurs and the hero of his old school - and for good reason.
  • Family and friends gathered for a celebration in the family home where Delia was the toast of the party.
Synonyms
darling, favorite, pet, heroine, hero; talk; fair-haired boy/girl

verb

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1Cook or brown (food, especially bread or cheese) by exposure to a grill, fire, or other source of radiant heat: he sat by the fire and toasted a piece of bread (as adjective toasted) toasted marshmallows
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  • Inside is a roaring open fire where bread is toasted and meat grilled, surrounded by tables laid with traditional red and white tablecloths and set with traditional brown ceramic dishes.
  • To brown foods or toast bread, cut the bag so that it becomes a flat sheet, not unlike the silicone baking parchment used in restaurants and pastry shops.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the slices of bread.
1.1 [no object] (Of food) cook or become brown by exposure to radiant heat: broil until the nuts have toasted
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  • He used to whack it up to full, thinking that his toast would toast quicker.
  • I wake up too early and then I'm kinda into the day and the coffee is on and the toast is toasting.
  • After five minutes, check to make sure coconut is toasting evenly: stir if necessary.
1.2Warm (oneself or part of one’s body) in front of a fire or other source or heat.
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  • Later, lounging on the oversized velvet cushions and toasting myself in front of the fire, I felt a lot better about the whole skiing business.
  • She also, from a dried up old toad, has transformed herself into a sparkling, magical femme with mysterious fatal charm after toasting herself under the sun for a week.
  • Of those 8 hours, I spent about 6 in the sun, nicely toasting myself to a nutmeggy shade of… RED.
Synonyms
warm, warm up, heat, heat up
2Drink to the health or in honor of (someone or something) by raising one’s glass together with others: happy families toasting each other’s health figurative he is toasted by the trade as the outstanding dealer in children’s books
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  • Around them 200 labourers were paying little attention to the 39 students and 14 staff who were raising a glass and toasting the dawn of a great new seat of learning.
  • But times change - and today the drinkers who now flock to the pub were raising their glasses to toast its success as the best in Greater Manchester.
  • Drinkers will raise their glasses to toast brave children and make their suffering more bearable.
Synonyms
drink (to) the health of, drink to, salute, honor, pay tribute to

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'burn as the sun does, parch'): from Old French toster 'roast', from Latin torrere 'parch'. The practice of drinking a toast (sense 2 of the noun) goes back to the late 17th century, and originated in naming a lady whose health the company was requested to drink, the idea being that the lady's name flavored the drink like the pieces of spiced toast that were formerly placed in drinks such as wine.

Phrases

be toast

informal Be or be likely to become finished, defunct, or dead: one mistake and you’re toast
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  • We first heard about this illegal immigrant, and of course, within a few days, she was toast, if you will, as far as becoming a member of the Bush Cabinet.
  • Having predicted several months ago that Kerry was toast, I should probably avoid any more prognostication.
  • Well, I'm not so good at predictions - I thought Bush was toast three months ago.

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There are 2 definitions of toast in English:

toast2

Syllabification: toast
Pronunciation: /tōst
 
/

verb

[no object] (usually as noun toasting)
(Of a DJ) accompany a reggae backing track or music with improvised rhythmic speech.
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  • Later performances took the concept further with U Roy toasting over Tubby's dubs in a manner that obviously pinpoints dub as a key precursor to DJ and rap styles.
  • She was riding her calypso rhythm and I started toasting, and she was like ‘Yo man, that's tight,’ so she become an Elephant fan as she like how I ride the rhythms.
  • In 1969, U-Roy cut the first records in the ‘DJ style’, rapping or toasting over pre-existing instrumental tracks.

Origin

1970s: perhaps the same word as toast1.

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