- a mountain in New Zealand, in the South Island, in the Southern Alps: the highest peak in New Zealand. Height: reduced in 1991 by a rockfall from 3764 m (12 349 ft) to 3754 m (12 316 ft)
Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook
- a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to prepare (food) by heat: [~ + object]Who's going to cook dinner tonight?[no object]I don't feel like cooking.
- (of food) to undergo cooking:[no object]The rice is cooking.
- Informal Terms Informal. to make (accounts) false by changing in a dishonest way:[~ + object]The accountant tried to cook the books.
- [no object][Informal.]to take place or develop: What's cooking around here—anything happening?
- Slang Terms[no object] Slang. to perform or do something extremely well or with energy and style: The band is really cooking tonight.
- cook up, [~ + up + object][Informal.]to make up (an excuse, etc.) in order to deceive:What new scheme are you cooking up this time?
- a person who cooks.
- to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
- to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
- Slang Termsto ruin;
- Informal Termsto falsify, as accounts:to cook the expense figures.
- to prepare food by the use of heat.
- (of food) to undergo cooking.
- Slang Terms
- to be full of activity and excitement:Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
- to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm:That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!
- to be in preparation;
develop:Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
- to take place;
happen:What's cooking at the club?
- Militarycook off, (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the chamber of the weapon.
- cook one's goose. See goose (def. 9).
- cook the books, [Slang.]to manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.
- cook up, [Informal.]
- to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly:She hastily cooked up an excuse.
- to falsify:Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
- a person who cooks:The restaurant hired a new cook.
- Latin cocus, coquus, derivative of coquere to cook; akin to Greek péptein (see peptic); (verb, verbal) late Middle English coken, derivative of the noun, nominal
- (noun, nominal) Middle English cok(e), Old English cōc (compare Old Norse kokkr, German Koch, Dutch kok) bef. 1000
cook2 (ko̅o̅k, kŏŏk),USA pronunciation v.i. [Scot.]
- Scottish Termsto hide, esp. outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.
- perh. blend of, blended Middle English couche bend, stoop (see couch) and Middle English croke bend, stoop (see crooked) 1780–90
Cook (kŏŏk),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalFrederick Albert, 1865–1940, U.S. physician and polar explorer.
- BiographicalCaptain James, 1728–79, English navigator and explorer in the S Pacific, Antarctic Ocean, and along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
- BiographicalSir Joseph, 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1913–14.
- Place NamesMount. Also called Aorangi. a mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 ft. (3764 m).
- Captain James. 1728–79, British navigator and explorer: claimed the E coast of Australia for Britain, circumnavigated New Zealand, and discovered several Pacific and Atlantic islands (1768–79)
- Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
- Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
- Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook. 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
- Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son
- to prepare (food) by the action of heat, as by boiling, baking, etc, or (of food) to become ready for eating through such a processRelated adjective(s): culinary
- to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heat: the town cooked in the sun
- (transitive) slang to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc): to cook the books
- (transitive) slang to spoil or ruin (something)
- (intransitive) slang to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
- (transitive) slang to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
- (intransitive) slang to play vigorously: the band was cooking
- cook someone's goose ⇒ informal to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
- a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
See also cook upEtymology: Old English cōc (n), from Latin coquus a cook, from coquere to cook
ˈcookable adj ˈcooking n