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’
    • ‘Fan-assisted ovens and baking bread simply don't go together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hop Sing served roast beef, new potatoes in gravy, fresh baked bread, and apples in a glazed cinnamon sauce.’
    • ‘I'm also pretty good at English puddings: I like cooking baked apples, crème brûlée and rice pudding.’
    • ‘A conventional gas or electric oven bakes bread with a lot of hot air, or convection.’
    • ‘She loves us a lot and cooks lovely dinners and bakes nice buns and tarts.’
    • ‘The advantage lies in the fact that microwave oven bakes the moist ingredients about three times faster.’
    • ‘The kitchen faces part of the restaurant and I was encouraged to see that they had installed a wood-fired oven for baking pizzas.’
    • ‘Some examples of healthy comfort food include baked sweet potatoes, minestrone soup or sauteed vegetables over rice.’
    • ‘Line the tart with foil, fill with baking beans and cook for 10 min.’
    • ‘Together we discovered a sack of flour, mixed it with water, started the ovens and baked flat breads.’
    • ‘But it wasn't until my mother baked Apple Pye that the king deigned to visit.’
    • ‘She entered the kitchen to the enticing smell of beef stew, newly baked bread, and apple pie.’
    • ‘She had put up a table for the presents, put balloons and streamers everywhere and helped the cook bake her own cake.’
    • ‘My mother cooked everything and baked our cakes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stuffing it into her mouth, she grunted and let the cook get on with baking the bread.’
    • ‘We cook, bake bread, make cheese, sew, make soap and candles, and milk goats.’
    • ‘The old ovens are wood-fired and bake beautiful bread.’
    • ‘Lorna served a thick meat-filled stew, with fresh baked bread and warm apple pie for dessert.’
    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’
      • ‘When the cake has baked, take it out and invert onto a sugared baking sheet.’
      • ‘To help keep larger cuts of meat from drying out while broiling, grilling or baking, sear them first.’
      • ‘While cake is baking, make the icing by mixing together cream cheese, creme fraiche, butter, vanilla, sugar and walnuts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While the squash is baking, place 1/4 cup of olive oil into your soup pot that has been placed over medium heat.’
      • ‘After the bread was baked, ovens could have been utilised for a range of dishes that needed long, slow cooking.’
      • ‘While apples are baking, place remaining sugar and spices into the sauce pan, ensuring it's well mixed.’
      • ‘All the pizzas are freshly baked in the downstairs oven which can be seen by diners and passers-by alike.’
      • ‘While pie is baking, mix the topping ingredients, first the butter and brown sugar until crumbly, then blending in the nuts.’
      • ‘I guess we should just go up to her while our cake is baking and tell her just how we feel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pizzas were freshly baked in a brick oven and tasted absolutely fantastic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once the cookies were baking, we took a break, and walked into the living room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bread is baked in a wood-fired oven, which takes two weeks to reach temperature.’
      • ‘While the pie was baking, she removed some vegetables and meat from the icebox to prepare for dinner.’
      • ‘This can be made ahead, then reheated while the biscuits or corn bread are baking.’
      • ‘Cookies will bake more evenly if they spend equal time on the top and bottom racks of the oven.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the sun will bake the soil and the plants and the rains will not come every day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The early afternoon sun was now baking my tired body as I cruised the rolling downhills listening to my IPod.’
    • ‘I could feel the wind blowing through my hair and the setting sun softly bake my skin a golden brown.’
    • ‘The busy streets of Los Angeles were swept away by the unusual heat wave baking the city.’
    • ‘Muscles on his upper arms glistened as the hot sun of the afternoon baked its way across the open pasture.’
    • ‘The sun was baking her skin, turning it a nice golden brown.’
    • ‘The dry air baked their lips and forced them to crack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The primer surface is then baked at high heat to get a reasonably secure mechanical grip.’
    • ‘They were battered by gales, and baked by the sun.’
    • ‘It is warming up, and the sun is baking the buildings across the street from my window, outlining crisp shadows under every single brick.’
    • ‘Like thin air shimmering when powerful heat bakes it, he continued his waiting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I saw other storks in Cordoba, Spain, baking in the 116 degree heat on the top of a statue.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Yorkshire's tourist attractions experienced mixed fortunes last year as the country baked in the scorching summer weather.’
      • ‘Out on the sidewalk patio, Mantra's inviting overstuffed wing chairs baked in the heat.’
      • ‘The earth bakes under the late summer sun, battered by the sudden violence of summer storms.’
      • ‘We sat in bunkers, baking in the heat, hoping the next one didn't carry the bug.’
      • ‘If it was where our Sun is, we would be baking in heat 700 times hotter than we suffer today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had been in the Gulf for several months, baking in the summer heat.’
      • ‘The ground baked hard that summer and we felt no compassion for anyone but ourselves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And unusual weather takes the fun out of summer, as many people bake in the worst heat wave in years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He didn't know why she insisted on baking in the summer, anyway.’
      • ‘I asked for urgent remedial action to be taken before the weather warmed up and the ruts got baked solid.’
      • ‘Floods in some streets created impromptu swimming pools for many Iraqis baking in the relentless heat.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘The man and I went to his family's place for a crab bake.’
    • ‘The Creekside Church Young Marrieds Ministry is celebrating the end of summer with a beach crab bake Saturday.’
    • ‘You might expect your New England Guide to have a lobster bake wedding.’
    • ‘The Willimantic Elks Club sponsors its annual lobster bake Aug. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.’
    • ‘Limited tickets are still available for the steak and shrimp bake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Becker was at the annual Kirkland Rotary salmon 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.’
    • ‘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 lobster bake was clearly a coming-out party for Allen.’
    • ‘The New Auburn Senior Citizens will have a lobster bake at noon on Sept. 19 in the St. Louis Church Hall basement.’
    • ‘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?!?’
    • ‘Included in your registration is a harbor cruise and lobster bake.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fiscal and monetary policy are more or less baked in the cake for 2004.’
      • ‘Modern legal concepts were 'baked in the cake,' so to speak.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The deal appeared to be baked in the cake until the meddlers at a New York fund launched a counter offer.’
      • ‘Traders say the Friday vote was baked in the cake.’
      • ‘A quarter point rate hike is baked in the cake.’
      • ‘Higher prices for goods and services are already "baked in the cake" and will show up on the retail level well before 2010.’

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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We’re learning that Microsoft’s newest mobile OS has similar functionality baked in.’
      • ‘It's not merely convention, it's baked-in.’
      • ‘Is this just the baked-in stubbornness of one man?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This differentiation between "bolt-on" usability and "baked-in" usability you keep mentioning does not exist.’
      • ‘The assumption is that technology is baked in there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the innovations we previously bolted on will have become baked in: just part of the way things are.’
      • ‘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.