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cook1 /kʊk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to prepare (food) by heat: [+ object]Who's going to cook dinner tonight?[no object]I don't feel like cooking.
  2. (of food) to undergo cooking:[no object]The rice is cooking.
  3. Informal Terms Informal. to make (accounts) false by changing in a dishonest way:[+ object]The accountant tried to cook the books.
  4. [no object][Informal.]to take place or develop: What's cooking around here—anything happening?
  5. Slang Terms[no object] Slang. to perform or do something extremely well or with energy and style: The band is really cooking tonight.
  6. cook up, [+ up + object][Informal.]to make up (an excuse, etc.) in order to deceive:What new scheme are you cooking up this time?

n. [countable]
  1. a person who cooks.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cook1  (kŏŏk),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
  2. to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
  3. Slang Termsto ruin;
  4. Informal Termsto falsify, as accounts:to cook the expense figures.

  1. to prepare food by the use of heat.
  2. (of food) to undergo cooking.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. cook one's goose. See  goose (def. 9).
  6. 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.
  7. cook up, [Informal.]
    • to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly:She hastily cooked up an excuse.
    • to falsify:Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.

  1. a person who cooks:The restaurant hired a new cook.
cooka•ble, adj. 
cookless, adj. 
  • 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.]
  1. 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. 
  1. BiographicalFrederick Albert, 1865–1940, U.S. physician and polar explorer.
  2. George Cram  (kram),USA pronunciation 1873–1924, U.S. novelist, dramatist, and poet.
  3. BiographicalCaptain James, 1728–79, English navigator and explorer in the S Pacific, Antarctic Ocean, and along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
  4. BiographicalSir Joseph, 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1913–14.
  5. Place NamesMount. Also called  Aorangi. a mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 ft. (3764 m).

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Cook /kʊk/ n Mount Cook
  1. 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
  2. a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)
Cook /kʊk/ n
  1. 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)
  2. Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
  3. Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
  4. Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook. 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
  5. Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son

cook /kʊk/ vb
  1. to prepare (food) by the action of heat, as by boiling, baking, etc, or (of food) to become ready for eating through such a process
    Related adjective(s): culinary
  2. to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heat: the town cooked in the sun
  3. (transitive) slang to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc): to cook the books
  4. (transitive) slang to spoil or ruin (something)
  5. (intransitive) slang to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
  6. (transitive) slang to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
  7. (intransitive) slang to play vigorously: the band was cooking
  8. cook someone's gooseinformal to spoil a person's plans
  9. to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
  1. 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

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