Definition of concoct in English:


Line breaks: con|coct
Pronunciation: /kənˈkɒkt


[with object]
1Make (a dish or meal) by combining various ingredients: she began to concoct a dinner likely to appeal to him
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  • Now the couple are employing a chef to concoct pre-packaged meals and light lunches using home-grown ingredients.
  • Both of them were wrong, and to prove it the APO had concocted a meal with a Brahms symphony as the first course and some gourmet Wagner items in the second.
  • Not that this is a hastily concocted dish; the Agen prunes topping it have been soaked in brandy for well over a year.
prepare, make, put together, assemble;
informal fix, rustle up
British informal knock up
1.1Create or devise (a story or plan): his cronies concocted a simple plan
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  • They fool the simple folk by concocting exciting stories about their receiving messages from the Jinn.
  • Allowing detainees to talk may give them a chance to create and coordinate alibis and to corroborate or concoct stories to frustrate questioning attempts.
  • Mr Wheeler spent two months behind bars before detectives discovered she had concocted the story.


mid 16th century: from Latin concoct-, literally 'cooked together', from concoquere. The original sense was 'refine metals or minerals by heating', later 'cook'.



(also concoctor) noun
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  • Why create the mischief and then pretend that he was not the concocter of the trouble?
  • This has not escaped the attention of detergent concocters, who want an organic stain-removing enzyme, as well as biochemical supply houses.
  • Bickerstaffe was basically a concocter of ‘books’ for musical pieces, and, as with modem scripts for musicals and television shows, literary authorship was hardly an issue.

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