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bake Syllabification: bake

Definition of bake in English:


[with object]
1Cook (food) by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven or on a hot surface: they bake their own bread and cakes [with two objects]: I baked him a cake for his birthday (as adjective baked) baked apples
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  • The advantage lies in the fact that microwave oven bakes the moist ingredients about three times faster.
  • She entered the kitchen to the enticing smell of beef stew, newly baked bread, and apple pie.
  • We cook, bake bread, make cheese, sew, make soap and candles, and milk goats.
cook, oven-bake, roast, dry-roast
1.1 [no object] (Of food) be cooked by baking: the bread was baking on hot stones
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  • To help keep larger cuts of meat from drying out while broiling, grilling or baking, sear them first.
  • While pie is baking, mix the topping ingredients, first the butter and brown sugar until crumbly, then blending in the nuts.
  • While the pie was baking, she removed some vegetables and meat from the icebox to prepare for dinner.
2(Of the sun or other agency) subject (something) to dry heat, especially so as to harden it: the sun has baked the earth a dusty brown
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  • Foolishly I brought my sandals to the arena where the bands are today in a misguided hope that the sun would bake the mud dry… oh no no no.
  • When the mud gets baked by the sun, spreading cracks curve around the weakened edge of this column and so bypass the insect.
  • The early afternoon sun was now baking my tired body as I cruised the rolling downhills listening to my IPod.
scorch, burn, sear, parch, dry (up), desiccate;
2.1 [no object] informal (Of a person or place) be or become extremely hot in prolonged sun or hot weather: the city was baking in a heat wave (as adjective baking) the summer’s baking heat
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  • And unusual weather takes the fun out of summer, as many people bake in the worst heat wave in years.
  • We had been in the Gulf for several months, baking in the summer heat.
  • The BSE crisis came on top of a poor crop production year in 2003 as most of western Canada baked under a summer-long heat wave.


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North American A social gathering at which baked food is eaten: lobster bakes on deserted islands
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  • Becker was at the annual Kirkland Rotary salmon bake.
  • The lobster bake was clearly a coming-out party for Allen.
  • The Willimantic Elks Club sponsors its annual lobster bake Aug. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.


Old English bacan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bakken and German backen.


baked in the cake

US informal Inevitable or unchangeable as a result of previous actions or events: look out for the next big tax—it is pretty much baked in the cake now
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  • Fiscal and monetary policy are more or less baked in the cake for 2004.
  • Traders say the Friday vote was baked in the cake.
  • A quarter point rate hike is baked in the cake.

Phrasal verbs

bake something in

Incorporate something as an integral part of a product, service, or system: we have baked in XML web services as part of the core of our platform (as adjective baked-in) the company continues to place a heavy emphasis on baked-in security
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  • It combines an LED flat panel television set with built-in speakers, a baked-in Internet connection, and a combination CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.
  • We’re learning that Microsoft’s newest mobile OS has similar functionality baked in.
  • DLNA support comes baked in, allowing you to wirelessly throw your music, photos, and videos to other DLNA-compatible devices in your home.

Words that rhyme with bake

ache, awake, betake, Blake, brake, break, cake, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, make, mistake, opaque, partake, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake

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