Definition of roasting in English:

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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.


Very hot and dry: a roasting day in London
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  • It's been roasting here for the past two days with temperatures in excess of 90 degrees.
  • The sky is gray but it's roasting.
  • Sometimes, there would be no breeze at all, and it would be roasting hot, and you'd lie awake, drenched in sweat.

Words that rhyme with roasting


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