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cook British & World English

Prepare (food, a dish, or a meal) by mixing, combining, and heating the ingredients

cook English Thesaurus

I decided to cook a romantic dinner

Cook New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Captain James (1728–79), English explorer

Cook, Captain James British & World English

(1728–79), English explorer. On his first expedition to the Pacific (1768–71), he charted the coasts of New Zealand and New Guinea as well as exploring the east coast of Australia and claiming it for Britain. He made two more voyages to the Pacific before being killed in a skirmish with indigenous people in Hawaii

Cook, Mount British & World English

The highest peak in New Zealand, in the Southern Alps in the South Island, rising to a height of 3,724 m (12,218 ft). It is named after Captain James Cook

Cook, Peter British & World English

(1937–95), English comedian and actor; full name Peter Edward Cook. A writer and performer of the revue Beyond the Fringe (1959–64), he is remembered also for his television partnership with Dudley Moore. He had a long association with the satirical magazine Private Eye

Cook, Thomas British & World English

(1808–92), English founder of the travel firm Thomas Cook. In 1841 he organized the first publicly advertised excursion train in England; the success of this venture led him to organize further excursions both in Britain and abroad, laying the foundations for the tourist and travel-agent industry

Cook in Cook Islands British & World English

A group of fifteen islands in the SW Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia, which have the status of a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; population 11,900 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), Rarotongan (a Polynesian language); capital, Avarua, on Rarotonga

Cook in Cook's tour British & World English

A rapid tour of many places

cook-maid British & World English

A female domestic servant who cooks or is an assistant to a cook

pre-cook British & World English

Cook in advance

cook-chill British & World English

Relating to or denoting a procedure whereby food is cooked and refrigerated by the manufacturer ready for reheating by the consumer

Cook County British & World English

A county in northeastern Illinois that includes Chicago and most of its closer suburbs; population 5,294,664 (est. 2008)

Cook Inlet British & World English

An inlet of the Gulf of Alaska, west of the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. Anchorage lies at its northern end

Cook Strait British & World English

The strait separating the South Island and the North Island of New Zealand. It was named after Captain James Cook, who visited it in 1770

pastry cook British & World English

A professional cook who specializes in making pastry

plain cook British & World English

A person who specializes in or typically prepares simple dishes

cook-general British & World English

A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery

Cook Islands British & World English

A group of fifteen islands in the SW Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia, which have the status of a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; population 11,900 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), Rarotongan (a Polynesian language); capital, Avarua, on Rarotonga

shearers' cook British & World English

A person employed on a sheep station during the shearing season to cook for the shearers

Cook's tour British & World English

A rapid tour of many places

cook the books British & World English

Alter facts or figures dishonestly or illegally

Aoraki/Mount Cook British & World English

Official name for Mount Cook (see Cook, Mount).

cook something up British & World English

Concoct a clever or devious story, excuse, or plan

cook someone's goose British & World English

Spoil someone’s plans; cause someone’s downfall

cook something down in cook British & World English

Heat food and cause it to thicken and reduce in volume

chief cook and bottle-washer British & World English

A person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks

cookout British & World English

A party or gathering where a meal is cooked and eaten outdoors

cooktop British & World English

A cooking unit, usually with hot plates or burners, built into or fixed on the top of a cabinet or other surface

cook something up in cook British & World English

Concoct a clever or devious story, excuse, or plan

cookshop British & World English

A shop selling cooked food

cook the books in cook British & World English

Alter facts or figures dishonestly or illegally

cook someone's goose in cook British & World English

Spoil someone’s plans; cause someone’s downfall

James Cook in Pig Islander British & World English

A person from New Zealand

chief cook and bottle-washer in chief British & World English

A person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks

Peter Edward Cook in Cook, Peter British & World English

(1937–95), English comedian and actor; full name Peter Edward Cook. A writer and performer of the revue Beyond the Fringe (1959–64), he is remembered also for his television partnership with Dudley Moore. He had a long association with the satirical magazine Private Eye

cook something up in cook English Thesaurus

he'd already cooked up a little plan to entice Jessica to go with him

Elliott Cook Carter in Carter, Elliott British & World English

(1908–2012), American composer; full name Elliott Cook Carter. He was noted for his innovative approach to metre and his choice of sources as diverse as modern jazz and Renaissance madrigals

Captain James Cook in Cook, Mount British & World English

The highest peak in New Zealand, in the Southern Alps in the South Island, rising to a height of 3,724 m (12,218 ft). It is named after Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook in Cook Strait British & World English

The strait separating the South Island and the North Island of New Zealand. It was named after Captain James Cook, who visited it in 1770


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