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v. cooked, cook·ing, cooks
1. To prepare (food) for eating by applying heat.
2. To prepare or treat by heating: slowly cooked the medicinal mixture.
3. Slang To alter or falsify so as to make a more favorable impression; doctor: disreputable accountants who were paid to cook the firm's books.
1. To prepare food for eating by applying heat.
2. To undergo application of heat especially for the purpose of later ingestion.
3. Slang To happen, develop, or take place: What's cooking in town?
4. Slang To proceed or perform very well: The band really got cooking after midnight.
A person who prepares food for eating.
Phrasal Verb:
cook up Informal
To fabricate; concoct: cook up an excuse.
cook (one's) goose Slang
To ruin one's chances: The speeding ticket cooked his goose with his father. Her goose was cooked when she was caught cheating on the test.

[Middle English coken, from coke, cook, from Old English cōc, from Vulgar Latin *cōcus, from Latin cocus, coquus, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Cookery) 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.
2. to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heat: the town cooked in the sun.
3. (tr) slang to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc): to cook the books.
4. (tr) slang to spoil or ruin (something)
5. (intr) slang to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
6. (Recreational Drugs) (tr) slang to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
7. (Jazz) (intr) music slang to play vigorously: the band was cooking.
8. cook someone's goose informal
a. to spoil someone's plans
b. to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
(Cookery) a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
[Old English cōc (n), from Latin coquus a cook, from coquere to cook]
ˈcookable adj
ˈcooking n


1. (Placename) 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); further erosion has reduced the height to 3724 m (12 217 ft). Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook
2. (Placename) a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)


1. (Biography) 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. (Biography) Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
3. (Biography) Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
4. (Biography) Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook. 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
5. (Biography) Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son
6. (Biography) Norman, real name Quentin Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim. born 1963, British disc jockey, pop musician, and record producer; hit records include You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998) and "Praise You" (2001)
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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. to ruin; spoil.
4. Informal. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the books.
5. to prepare food by the use of heat.
6. (of food) to undergo cooking.
7. Informal. to take place or develop: What's cooking?
8. Slang.
a. to perform or do extremely well or with energy and style: The band is really cooking tonight.
b. to be full of activity and excitement.
9. cook off, (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the weapon chamber.
10. cook up, Informal. to concoct or contrive, esp. falsely: to cook up an excuse.
11. a person who cooks.
[before 1000; (n.) Middle English cok(e), Old English cōc (compare Old Saxon kok, Old High German choh, Old Norse kokkr) < Latin cocus, coquus, derivative of coquere to cook; akin to Greek péptein (see peptic); (v.) late Middle English coken, derivative of the n.]
cook′a•ble, adj.



1. Captain James, 1728–79, English explorer of the S Pacific, Antarctica, and the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
2. Mount. Also called Aorangi. a mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 ft. (3764 m).
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1. 'cook'

If you cook a meal or a particular type of food, you prepare it for eating and then heat it, for example in an oven or saucepan.

Lucas was in the kitchen, cooking dinner.
We cooked the pie in the oven.

Cook is only used to talk about food, not drinks.

Cook is also a noun.

2. 'make'

If you make a meal or a drink, you combine foods or drinks together to produce something different. You can make a meal without heating anything.

I made his breakfast.
I 'll make you a coffee.
3. 'prepare'

Prepare is used in two ways. If you prepare food, you clean or cut it so that it is ready to be used.

Prepare the vegetables, cut into small chunks and add to the chicken.

To prepare a meal or drink means the same as to make it (see above). This is a fairly formal use.

Many elderly people are unable to prepare meals on their own.
4. 'get'

If you get a meal, you prepare it or cook it. You can also say that someone gets a meal ready. If you get a drink, you either mix drinks together or pour a drink.

I'll get the dinner ready.
I was downstairs getting the drinks.
5. 'fix'

In American English, if you fix a meal or drink, you make it (see above).

Sarah fixed some food for us.
Manfred fixed himself a drink.
6. types of cooking

There are many verbs that refer to different ways of cooking things.

When you bake or roast something, you cook it in an oven without liquid. You bake bread and cakes, but you roast meat. When you roast potatoes, you cook them in an oven in some fat. You can also roast a large piece of meat or a bird over a fire.

Dave baked a cake for my birthday.
We roasted a whole chicken.

You use roast, not 'roasted', to describe meat and potatoes that have been roasted.

We had a traditional roast beef dinner.

When you grill or toast something, you cook it under or over strong heat. You grill meat and vegetables, but you toast slices of bread.

Speakers of American English usually use broil rather than 'grill'.

Grill the meat for 20 minutes each side.
Toast the bread lightly on both sides.
I'll broil the lobster.

When you boil something, you cook it in boiling water.

I still need to boil the potatoes.

When you fry something, you cook it in hot fat or oil.

Fry the onions until they are brown.


1. 'cooker'

A cooker is a metal oven and hot plate that you use for boiling, grilling, or roasting food.

The food was warming in a saucepan on the cooker.

In American English, this machine is called a range.

Can you cook fried chicken on an electric range?
2. 'cook'

A cook is someone who cooks meals as their job.

They had a butler, a cook, and a maid.

You can also describe someone's ability to cook by using cook with an adjective. For example, you can say that someone is a good cook or a bad cook.

Abigail is an excellent cook.

Be Careful!
Don't refer to a person who cooks meals as a 'cooker'. Don't say, for example, 'Abigail is an excellent cooker'.

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Past participle: cooked
Gerund: cooking

I cook
you cook
he/she/it cooks
we cook
you cook
they cook
I cooked
you cooked
he/she/it cooked
we cooked
you cooked
they cooked
Present Continuous
I am cooking
you are cooking
he/she/it is cooking
we are cooking
you are cooking
they are cooking
Present Perfect
I have cooked
you have cooked
he/she/it has cooked
we have cooked
you have cooked
they have cooked
Past Continuous
I was cooking
you were cooking
he/she/it was cooking
we were cooking
you were cooking
they were cooking
Past Perfect
I had cooked
you had cooked
he/she/it had cooked
we had cooked
you had cooked
they had cooked
I will cook
you will cook
he/she/it will cook
we will cook
you will cook
they will cook
Future Perfect
I will have cooked
you will have cooked
he/she/it will have cooked
we will have cooked
you will have cooked
they will have cooked
Future Continuous
I will be cooking
you will be cooking
he/she/it will be cooking
we will be cooking
you will be cooking
they will be cooking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cooking
you have been cooking
he/she/it has been cooking
we have been cooking
you have been cooking
they have been cooking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cooking
you will have been cooking
he/she/it will have been cooking
we will have been cooking
you will have been cooking
they will have been cooking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cooking
you had been cooking
he/she/it had been cooking
we had been cooking
you had been cooking
they had been cooking
I would cook
you would cook
he/she/it would cook
we would cook
you would cook
they would cook
Past Conditional
I would have cooked
you would have cooked
he/she/it would have cooked
we would have cooked
you would have cooked
they would have cooked
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cook - someone who cooks foodcook - someone who cooks food    
chef - a professional cook
cooky, cookie - the cook on a ranch or at a camp
fry cook - a cook who specializes in fried foods
preserver - a cook who preserves fruits or meat
roaster - a cook who roasts food
seasoner - a cook who uses seasonings; "the cook is a light seasoner"
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
2.cook - English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)Cook - English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
Verb1.cook - prepare a hot meal; "My husband doesn't cook"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
2.cook - prepare for eating by applying heatcook - prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"
preserve, keep - prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
dress out, dress - kill and prepare for market or consumption; "dress a turkey"
deglaze - dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
escallop, scallop - bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
flambe - pour liquor over and ignite (a dish)
put on - put on the stove or ready for cooking; "put on the tea, please!"
devil - coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
precook - cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long; "precook the rice"
whip up, whomp up - prepare or cook quickly or hastily
cook up, concoct - prepare or cook by mixing ingredients; "concoct a strange mixture"
lard - prepare or cook with lard; "lard meat"
make - gather and light the materials for; "make a fire"
3.cook - transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"
change integrity - change in physical make-up
bake - cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven; "bake the potatoes"
brown - fry in a pan until it changes color; "brown the meat in the pan"
coddle - cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"
souse - cook in a marinade; "souse herring"
micro-cook, microwave, nuke, zap - cook or heat in a microwave oven; "You can microwave the leftovers"
parboil, blanch - cook (vegetables) briefly; "Parboil the beans before freezing them"
cook - transform by heating; "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"
overcook - cook too long; "The vegetables were completely overcooked"
fricassee - make a fricassee of by cooking; "fricassee meats"
stew - cook slowly and for a long time in liquid; "Stew the vegetables in wine"
roast - cook with dry heat, usually in an oven; "roast the turkey"
braise - cook in liquid; "braise beef"
fry - cook on a hot surface using fat; "fry the pancakes"
grill - cook over a grill; "grill the sausages"
steam - cook something by letting steam pass over it; "just steam the vegetables"
pressure-cook - cook in a pressure cooker
poach - cook in a simmering liquid; "poached apricots"
4.cook - tamper, with the purpose of deception; "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data"
chisel, cheat - engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
juggle - manipulate by or as if by moving around components; "juggle an account so as to hide a deficit"
cook up, fabricate, invent, manufacture, make up - make up something artificial or untrue
5.cook - transform by heating; "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
cook - transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"
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cook something up (Informal) invent, plot, devise, contrive, prepare, scheme, manufacture, improvise, dream up, fabricate, concoct, trump up He must have cooked up this scheme on the spur of the moment.
"Too many cooks spoil the broth"
"God sends meat and the Devil sends cooks"
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To prepare (food) for eating by the use of heat:
phrasal verb
cook up
Informal. To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Idiom: come up with.
A person who prepares food for eating:
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طَـبّـاخطَبَّاخيَطْبَخُيَطْبُـخ، يَطـهـو
koklave madstegekoge
cocinerococercocinarguisarpreparar (la comida)
kokkikypsyälaittaa ruokaapaistua
eldamatreiîslumaîur, kokkur
išsigalvotikulinarijatinkamas keptitinkamas virtivalgių gaminimas
gatavot, gatavotiespavārsvirēja
kuharkuharicakuhatikuhati se
kocklaga matlagas
đầu bếpnấu ăn


A. Ncocinero/a m/f
too many cooks spoil the brothdemasiadas cocineras estropean el caldo
1. (Culin) [+ rice, vegetables] → cocinar, guisar; (= boil) → cocer; (= grill) → asar (a la parrilla); (= fry) → freír
to cook a mealpreparar or hacer una comida
to cook sb's goosehacer la pascua a algn
2. (= falsify) [+ accounts] → falsificar
to cook the booksamañar las cuentas
1. [food] → cocinarse, cocer
what's cooking? (fig) → ¿qué se guisa?, ¿qué pasa?
2. [person] → cocinar, guisar (esp LAm)
can you cook?¿sabes cocinar?
cook up VT + ADV
1. (Culin) → preparar
2. [+ excuse, story] → inventar; [+ plan] → tramar
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(= boil, bake, fry) → (faire) cuire
Cook the pasta for 10 minutes → Faites cuire les pâtes pendant dix minutes.
to be cooked → être cuit(e)
When the potatoes are cooked → Lorsque les pommes de terre sont cuites ...
(= prepare) [+ meal] → préparer
She's cooking lunch → Elle est en train de préparer le déjeuner.
(= fiddle) to cook the books → truquer les comptes
[person] → faire la cuisine
I can't cook → Je ne sais pas faire la cuisine.
[dish, food] → cuire
ncuisinier/ière m/f
Matthew's an excellent cook → Matthew est un excellent cuisinier.
cook up
vt [+ excuse, story] → inventer
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nKoch m, → Köchin f; she is a good cook/very plain cooksie kocht gut/einfache Kost; too many cooks (spoil the broth) (Prov) → viele Köche verderben den Brei (Prov); to be chief cook and bottle-washer (inf: = dogsbody) → (das) Mädchen für alles sein (inf)
food, mealmachen, zubereiten; (in water, milk etc) → kochen; (= fry, roast)braten; pie, pancake alsobacken; how are you going to cook the duck?wie willst du die Ente zubereiten?; a cooked meal/suppereine warme Mahlzeit/ein warmes Abendessen; a cooked breakfastein Frühstück ntmit warmen Gerichten; to cook somebody’s/one’s goose (fig inf)jdm/sich die Tour vermasseln (inf); our goose is cooked (fig inf)wir sitzen in der Tinte (inf)
(inf: = falsify) accountsfrisieren (inf); to cook the booksdie Bilanz(en) frisieren (inf)
vi (person, food)kochen; (= fry, roast)braten; (pie)backen; it will cook quicklydas ist schnell gekocht; the pie takes half an hour to cookdie Pastete ist in einer halben Stunde fertig; what’s cooking? (fig inf)was ist los?


n (US) → Kochwettbewerb m
n (US) → Kochen ntam Lagerfeuer; (on barbeque) → Grillparty f
nKochgeschirr nt, → Töpfe und Pfannen pl
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1. ncuoco/a
head cook and bottlewasher (fig) (hum) → tuttofare m/f
2. vt
a.cuocere, cucinare; (meal) → preparare
shall I cook you an omelette? → ti cucino or ti faccio un'omelette?
to cook sb's goose (fig) (fam) → rompere le uova nel paniere a qn
to cook one's own goose (fig) (fam) → darsi la zappa sui piedi
b. (fam) (falsify, accounts) → falsificare, alterare
to cook the books → falsificare i libri contabili
3. vi (food) → cuocere; (person) → cucinare
what's cooking? (fig) (fam) → cosa bolle in pentola?
cook up vt + adv (fam) (excuse, story) → inventare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(kuk) verb
to prepare (food) or become ready by heating. She cooked the chicken; The chicken is cooking in the oven.
a person who cooks, especially for a living. She was employed as a cook at the embassy.
ˈcooker noun
1. an apparatus on which food is cooked; a stove. She has an electric cooker.
2. an apple etc used in cooking, not for eating raw.
ˈcookery noun
the art or practice of cooking food. She was taught cookery at school; (also adjective) cookery classes.
ˈcookery-book noun
(American ˈcook-book) a book of instructions on how to prepare and cook various dishes.
cook up
to invent or make up a false story etc. He cooked up a story about his car having broken down.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


طَبَّاخ, يَطْبَخُ kuchař, vařit kok, lave mad Koch, kochen μάγειρας, μαγειρεύω cocinar, cocinero kokki, laittaa ruokaa cuisiner, cuisinier kuhar, kuhati cucinare, cuoco 料理する, 料理人 요리사, 요리하다 kok, koken kokk, tilberede kucharz, ugotować cozinhar, cozinheiro готовить, повар kock, laga mat ทำอาหาร, พ่อครัว aşçı, pişirmek đầu bếp, nấu ăn 厨师, 烹调
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n. cocinero-a;
v. cocinar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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n cocinero -ra mf; vt, vi cocinar
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References in classic literature ?
Cook, here interposed Stubb, accompanying the word with a sudden slap on the shoulder, -- Cook!
Now the forester had an old cook, who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water, and did not go once only, but many times, out to the spring.
Now the Cook, in the kitchen across the courtyard, heard the loud talking between Little John and the Steward, and also the blow that Little John struck the other, so he came running across the court and up the stairway to where the Steward's pantry was, bearing in his hands the spit with the roast still upon it.
On the eastern borders of Chancery Lane, that is to say, more particularly in Cook's Court, Cursitor Street, Mr.
In fact, it was expedient to cook sitting down; standing up, he was too often in his own way.
There was no one else in the yard except a stranger, the cook's husband, who had come for the holiday.
A draggled muslin cap on his head and a dirty gunny-sack about his slim hips proclaimed him cook of the decidedly dirty ship's galley in which I found myself.
For several days she saw no one other than Sven Anderssen, the Kincaid's taciturn and repellent cook. She asked him the name of the shore upon which her husband had been set.
I'm going to learn how to cook and make over dresses.
He looked at them one after the other, and when he had admired them long enough, "Take these fish," he said to his first vizir, "and given them to the clever cook the Emperor of the Greeks sent me.
The door led right into a large kitchen, which was full of smoke from one end to the other: the Duchess was sitting on a three-legged stool in the middle, nursing a baby; the cook was leaning over the fire, stirring a large cauldron which seemed to be full of soup.
Now the Sheriff had in his kitchen a cook, a stout man and bold, who heard the rumpus and came in to see how the land lay.