Pronunciation Verb

bake (bakes, present participle baking; past baked, past participle baked)

  1. (ditransitive or intransitive, with person as subject) To cook (something) in an oven.
    I baked a delicious cherry pie.
    She's been baking all day to prepare for the dinner.
  2. (intransitive, with baked thing as subject) To be cooked in an oven.
    The cake baked at 350°F.
  3. (intransitive) To be warmed to drying and hardening.
    The clay baked in the sun.
  4. (transitive) To dry by heat.
    They baked the electrical parts lightly to remove moisture.
  5. (intransitive, figuratively) To be hot.
    It is baking in the greenhouse.
    I'm baking after that workout in the gym.
  6. (transitive, figuratively) To cause to be hot.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To smoke marijuana.
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To harden by cold.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      The earth […] is baked with frost.
    • They bake their sides upon the cold, hard stone.
  9. (computer graphics, transitive) To fix (lighting, reflections, etc.) as part of the texture of an object to improve rendering performance.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: trocknen
  • Italian: cuocere
  • Portuguese: secar no calor
  • Russian: суши́ть
Translations Noun

bake (plural bakes)

  1. The act of cooking food by baking.
  2. (especially, UK, Australia, NZ) Any of various baked dishes resembling casserole.
    • 2009, Dictionary of Food: International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z ISBN 1408102188:
      A fish bake made with cod chunks, sliced parboiled potatoes, […]
    • 2009, Rosalind Peters, Kate Pankhurst, Clive Boursnell, Midnight Feast Magic: Sleepover Fun and Food
      If you happen to have small, heat-proof glass or ceramic pots in your kitchen (known as ramekins) then you can make this very easy pasta bake in fun-size, individual portions.
  3. (US) A social event at which food (such as seafood) is baked, or at which baked food is served.
    • 1904, Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology:
      The central episode is the temporary burial of the novitiate; a shallow pit is excavated, and in this a fire is made, as for a fish bake; […]
    • 1939, The American Photo-engraver, volume 31, page 289:
      I am about to launch a scheme for our local to invest a few dollars in a spot where the boys will know where to find company and pass a few hours or a week-end out in the fresh air and partake of shrimp bakes or fish fries and so forget the on-creeping years.
    • 2006, Jeffery P. Sandman, ‎Peter R. Sandman, Soaring and Gliding: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area:
      […] also featured a fish bake, a dance, and a beach party[.]
  4. (Barbadian, sometimes US and UK) A small, flat (or ball-shaped) cake of dough eaten in Barbados and sometimes elsewhere, similar in appearance and ingredients to a pancake but fried (or in some places sometimes roasted).
  5. Any item that is baked.
    • 2016, Annie Rigg, Great British Bake Off: Children's Party Cakes & Bakes:
      Baking parchment should not be confused with greaseproof paper — the former has a non-stick coating and will ensure that your bakes lift out of the tin or off the baking sheets easily, the latter will have the opposite effect!
  • Russian: выпека́ние

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