Definition of roasting in English:


Line breaks: roast|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊstɪŋ


1 [mass noun] The action of cooking something in an oven or over an open fire: Maris Piper potatoes are ideal for roasting [as modifier]: a roasting tin roasting coffee
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  • A number of cocoa-processing factors, including bean origin and roasting, combine to influence cocoa powder attributes.
  • He had unusually thick glasses, which aided in the lighting of the signal fire and in the roasting of the pigs.
  • Stratford was famous for its malting - the roasting and grinding of grain, usually barley, for use in brewing.
2 [in singular] informal A severe criticism or reprimand: banks are to get a roasting from the Treasury
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  • The film's basic story is appealing, and despite the critical roasting, Chaplin tells his story well.
  • If after this you expect a royal roasting, I am sorry to disappoint you: the revival show is still rattling good fun.
  • After that film received a sound critical roasting, he took a break of several years from live action film making, returning to the anime world that was his original home.


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Very hot and dry: a roasting day in London
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  • The group are required to trek across a roasting hot south Californian desert to reach an American flag some 53 miles away within three days and without getting caught by the Feds.
  • In urban areas, a combination of roasting summers and increased pollution will also begin to take their toll on health, particularly in poor communities where air-conditioning is out of the question.
  • The turkey vulture is not the only opportunist circling in the roasting sun of the Chihuahuan desert.

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