WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bake /beɪk/USA pronunciation   v.,  baked, bak•ing, n. 
  1. Foodto cook by dry heat in an oven: [ + obj]:My wife bakes delicious pies.[no obj]:Her husband likes to bake.
  2. Food[no obj] to become baked:It took the bread an hour to bake.
  3. [ + obj] to harden or dry by heating :baked clay pots in a special oven.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bake  (bāk),USA pronunciation v.,  baked, bak•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
  2. to harden by heat:to bake pottery in a kiln.
  3. to dry by, or subject to heat:The sun baked the land.

v.i. 
  1. to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
  2. to become baked:The cake will bake in about half an hour.
  3. to be subjected to heat:The lizard baked on the hot rocks.

n. 
  1. a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
  2. Scottish Termscracker (def. 1).
  • Indo-European alternating base * bheHog-, bhəg-
  • bef. 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan,  past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phó̄gein to roast;


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bake /beɪk/ vb
  1. (transitive) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
  2. (intransitive) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
  3. to make or become hardened by heat
  4. (intransitive) informal to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
n
  1. US a party at which the main dish is baked
  2. a batch of things baked at one time
  3. Caribbean a small flat fried cake
Etymology: Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast



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