Definition of bake in English:



  • 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’
    ‘baked apples’
    • ‘While baking the cake we cooked the fish and chips and ate the food as it was gradually cooked while talking about terrible plane incidents on QANTAS airlines.’
    • ‘Together we discovered a sack of flour, mixed it with water, started the ovens and baked flat breads.’
    • ‘We cook, bake bread, make cheese, sew, make soap and candles, and milk goats.’
    • ‘The old ovens are wood-fired and bake beautiful bread.’
    • ‘My mother cooked everything and baked our cakes.’
    • ‘She entered the kitchen to the enticing smell of beef stew, newly baked bread, and apple pie.’
    • ‘Hop Sing served roast beef, new potatoes in gravy, fresh baked bread, and apples in a glazed cinnamon sauce.’
    • ‘Lorna served a thick meat-filled stew, with fresh baked bread and warm apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘But it wasn't until my mother baked Apple Pye that the king deigned to visit.’
    • ‘A conventional gas or electric oven bakes bread with a lot of hot air, or convection.’
    • ‘The kitchen faces part of the restaurant and I was encouraged to see that they had installed a wood-fired oven for baking pizzas.’
    • ‘To distract myself from the wait for Elle to deliver, I had cooked them the same fruited breads and baked sausages that I served the soldiers.’
    • ‘The advantage lies in the fact that microwave oven bakes the moist ingredients about three times faster.’
    • ‘Some examples of healthy comfort food include baked sweet potatoes, minestrone soup or sauteed vegetables over rice.’
    • ‘She had put up a table for the presents, put balloons and streamers everywhere and helped the cook bake her own cake.’
    • ‘Line the tart with foil, fill with baking beans and cook for 10 min.’
    • ‘I'm also pretty good at English puddings: I like cooking baked apples, crème brûlée and rice pudding.’
    • ‘Stuffing it into her mouth, she grunted and let the cook get on with baking the bread.’
    • ‘She loves us a lot and cooks lovely dinners and bakes nice buns and tarts.’
    • ‘Fan-assisted ovens and baking bread simply don't go together.’
    cook, oven-bake, dry-roast, roast, spit-roast, pot-roast
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of food) be cooked by baking.
      ‘the bread was baking on hot stones’
      • ‘The bread is baked in a wood-fired oven, which takes two weeks to reach temperature.’
      • ‘After the bread was baked, ovens could have been utilised for a range of dishes that needed long, slow cooking.’
      • ‘While pie is baking, mix the topping ingredients, first the butter and brown sugar until crumbly, then blending in the nuts.’
      • ‘Cookies will bake more evenly if they spend equal time on the top and bottom racks of the oven.’
      • ‘While apples are baking, place remaining sugar and spices into the sauce pan, ensuring it's well mixed.’
      • ‘Soda bread or cakes were baked in the pot oven over the dying embers of the fire and covered with a few sods of burning turf.’
      • ‘To help keep larger cuts of meat from drying out while broiling, grilling or baking, sear them first.’
      • ‘I guess we should just go up to her while our cake is baking and tell her just how we feel.’
      • ‘Once the cookies were baking, we took a break, and walked into the living room.’
      • ‘While the pie was baking, she removed some vegetables and meat from the icebox to prepare for dinner.’
      • ‘It was, of course, understood that the factory was being built as a bakery making specialist breads and that these breads would be baked in ovens.’
      • ‘When the cake has baked, take it out and invert onto a sugared baking sheet.’
      • ‘It may not look special, but it is special: the sauce is fresh, the cheese is real, the crust is baked in a wood-burning oven.’
      • ‘While the squash is baking, place 1/4 cup of olive oil into your soup pot that has been placed over medium heat.’
      • ‘Originally, the biscuits were baked in large industrial ovens, but the recipe has been altered so that one can bake them in a domestic oven.’
      • ‘The pizzas were freshly baked in a brick oven and tasted absolutely fantastic.’
      • ‘This can be made ahead, then reheated while the biscuits or corn bread are baking.’
      • ‘While cake is baking, make the icing by mixing together cream cheese, creme fraiche, butter, vanilla, sugar and walnuts.’
      • ‘All the pizzas are freshly baked in the downstairs oven which can be seen by diners and passers-by alike.’
      • ‘This version is particularly easy to make, because the fish is placed raw in a baking dish and covered with the boiling sauce, before being baked in the oven for a few minutes.’
  • 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’
    • ‘It may be the only place that offers a safe haven for you during the daylight hours when the angry eye of the sun will bake your flesh.’
    • ‘At dusk tonight, somewhere in Afghanistan's blasted and baked mountains and deserts, a small group of men will face the setting sun and kneel.’
    • ‘Like thin air shimmering when powerful heat bakes it, he continued his waiting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were battered by gales, and baked by the sun.’
    • ‘The primer surface is then baked at high heat to get a reasonably secure mechanical grip.’
    • ‘The sun was baking her skin, turning it a nice golden brown.’
    • ‘Some napped in the shade, while others stripped off shirts and trousers to reveal swim suits so that they could soak in the last baking rays of the sun.’
    • ‘And the sun will bake the soil and the plants and the rains will not come every day.’
    • ‘The dry air baked their lips and forced them to crack.’
    • ‘Eggs laid by the locusts in holes drilled into the dry, baked earth would need rain to survive, he said, but if they did they would hatch in October and be swarming by November.’
    • ‘Instead of finding their way to the sea, they will scuttle along the full length of the man-made trap until the sun rises, baking them alive.’
    • ‘It is warming up, and the sun is baking the buildings across the street from my window, outlining crisp shadows under every single brick.’
    • ‘Muscles on his upper arms glistened as the hot sun of the afternoon baked its way across the open pasture.’
    • ‘The early afternoon sun was now baking my tired body as I cruised the rolling downhills listening to my IPod.’
    • ‘The busy streets of Los Angeles were swept away by the unusual heat wave baking the city.’
    • ‘I could feel the wind blowing through my hair and the setting sun softly bake my skin a golden brown.’
    • ‘At first, as he says his anti-war position ‘arises from a vision that views the world holistically,’ the audience listens listlessly as the heat bakes the yard.’
    • ‘The blazing hot sun continued to bake the entire landscape at a consistent 102 degrees.’
    • ‘When the mud gets baked by the sun, spreading cracks curve around the weakened edge of this column and so bypass the insect.’
    scorch, burn, sear, parch, desiccate, wither, shrivel, fire
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    1. 2.1informal [no object] (of a person or place) be or become extremely hot in prolonged sun or hot weather.
      ‘the city was baking in a heat wave’
      ‘the summer's baking 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.’
      • ‘The hot weather is baking the already miserable townspeople, and the summer that used to be for sunbathing and holidays is now given to the plague.’
      • ‘I saw other storks in Cordoba, Spain, baking in the 116 degree heat on the top of a statue.’
      • ‘Each cell receives a slow trickle of swamp cooled air which does little to alleviate our suffering in the summer months when we feel like we are being baked alive.’
      • ‘Yorkshire's tourist attractions experienced mixed fortunes last year as the country baked in the scorching summer weather.’
      • ‘The earth bakes under the late summer sun, battered by the sudden violence of summer storms.’
      • ‘He recalled putting his gas mask on 14 times the previous day, which meant spending about six or seven hours baking in 35C heat in a mask.’
      • ‘He didn't know why she insisted on baking in the summer, anyway.’
      • ‘It will be remembered as the summer that Britain baked - but according to a new study, the heatwave of 2003 was no act of God.’
      • ‘If it was where our Sun is, we would be baking in heat 700 times hotter than we suffer today.’
      • ‘We had been in the Gulf for several months, baking in the summer heat.’
      • ‘And unusual weather takes the fun out of summer, as many people bake in the worst heat wave in years.’
      • ‘I asked for urgent remedial action to be taken before the weather warmed up and the ruts got baked solid.’
      • ‘We sat in bunkers, baking in the heat, hoping the next one didn't carry the bug.’
      • ‘He recalled that day vividly, the warmth on his cheek, the smell of the fish he had caught, baking in heat, as they lay on the floor of his boat.’
      • ‘Summer had faded into fall, but even as September wore on Paris still baked under a strange late heat wave that showed no sign of letting up.’
      • ‘The ground baked hard that summer and we felt no compassion for anyone but ourselves.’
      • ‘Floods in some streets created impromptu swimming pools for many Iraqis baking in the relentless heat.’
      • ‘Out on the sidewalk patio, Mantra's inviting overstuffed wing chairs baked in the heat.’
      • ‘Why is it that when the first peek of sun appears, people scramble wildly to de-robe themselves and bake their white flesh to a nice shade of ruby?’
      hot, stifling, suffocating, humid, steamy, sultry, sticky, muggy, close, stuffy, airless, oppressive, tropical, torrid, burning, searing, parching, like an oven, like a turkish bath, jungle-like
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North American
  • [with modifier] A social gathering at which baked food is eaten.

    ‘lobster bakes on deserted islands’
    • ‘Becker was at the annual Kirkland Rotary salmon bake.’
    • ‘Limited tickets are still available for the steak and shrimp bake.’
    • ‘Included in your registration is a harbor cruise and lobster bake.’
    • ‘This crab bake is a year tradition for them (although this is the first year I've gone) and this year they had a pig roasting on a spit.’
    • ‘The Creekside Church Young Marrieds Ministry is celebrating the end of summer with a beach crab bake Saturday.’
    • ‘Make your next corporate or private event a traditional New England lobster bake on the lawn of the East Bay Grille overlooking the Plymouth harbor.’
    • ‘Similarly, should your crab bake be set upon by agents of a foreign government, these crackers would make a handy boomerang at some range.’
    • ‘The man and I went to his family's place for a crab bake.’
    • ‘The lobster bake, much more than a dish or even a feast, embodies a day filled with the wonders of water, fire, food, family and friends.’
    • ‘To let that gift keep on giving, we could have a Maryland style crab bake for the prisoners at Gitmo.’
    • ‘You've never been to a crab bake?!?’
    • ‘The Willimantic Elks Club sponsors its annual lobster bake Aug. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.’
    • ‘The New Auburn Senior Citizens will have a lobster bake at noon on Sept. 19 in the St. Louis Church Hall basement.’
    • ‘The lobster bake was clearly a coming-out party for Allen.’
    • ‘You might expect your New England Guide to have a lobster bake wedding.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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  • baked in the cake

    • 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’
      • ‘The deal appeared to be baked in the cake until the meddlers at a New York fund launched a counter offer.’
      • ‘If you go for fiscal tightening, which is kind of baked in the cake, tax increases are coming and coming soon, then you risk actually choking off such recovery as there is.’
      • ‘Higher prices for goods and services are already "baked in the cake" and will show up on the retail level well before 2010.’
      • ‘Modern legal concepts were 'baked in the cake,' so to speak.’
      • ‘A quarter point rate hike is baked in the cake.’
      • ‘Fiscal and monetary policy are more or less baked in the cake for 2004.’
      • ‘Even if the monthly data for November and December look good, a weak GDP showing is already baked in the cake.’
      • ‘Counterproductive tax hikes are already baked in the cake.’
      • ‘Runaway inflation is already baked in the cake, and protecting your assets from devaluation should be your number one priority.’
      • ‘Traders say the Friday vote was 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’
      ‘the company continues to place a heavy emphasis on baked-in security’
      • ‘Is this just the baked-in stubbornness of one man?’
      • ‘So why bake in all that complexity?’
      • ‘DLNA support comes baked in, allowing you to wirelessly throw your music, photos, and videos to other DLNA-compatible devices in your home.’
      • ‘The assumption is that technology is baked in there.’
      • ‘You want to use international settings on your development system so that you remember to bake in the code that adjusts for all these things.’
      • ‘This differentiation between "bolt-on" usability and "baked-in" usability you keep mentioning does not exist.’
      • ‘We’re learning that Microsoft’s newest mobile OS has similar functionality baked in.’
      • ‘Storage companies are baking in their best levels of availability.’
      • ‘And when Michael started importing some sites himself, he found about 10 bugs I had baked in by mistake.’
      • ‘All the innovations we previously bolted on will have become baked in: just part of the way things are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's not merely convention, it's baked-in.’
      • ‘Other media executives who use cloud computing have told me they baked in similar protections into their contracts.’


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