cook Definition

  • 1prepare (food, a dish, or a meal) by combining and heating the ingredients in various ways
  • 2be in charge of the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of food

Using cook: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cook" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm going to cook dinner tonight.

  • Example

    She cooked a delicious meal for us.

  • Example

    He cooks breakfast every morning.

  • Example

    The chef cooked the steak to perfection.

cook Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for cook

Idioms Using cook

  • when too many people are involved in a task, it may not turn out well


    We need to assign one person to lead the project; too many cooks spoil the broth.

  • what's cooking?

    what is happening or being planned


    A: What's cooking for the weekend? B: I'm thinking of having a barbecue.

  • cook with gas

    to make rapid progress or achieve success


    Ever since she got her promotion, she's been cooking with gas.

Phrases with cook

  • cook up a storm

    to cook a large amount of food with great skill and enthusiasm


    My grandmother always cooks up a storm during the holidays.

  • cook someone's goose

    to ruin someone's plans or prospects


    If he doesn't finish the project on time, it will cook his goose with the boss.

  • to falsify financial records or accounts


    The company was caught cooking the books to hide their losses.

Origins of cook

from Old English 'cōc', from Proto-Germanic 'kōkaz'


Summary: cook in Brief

To 'cook' [kʊk] means to prepare food by heating and combining ingredients. It can also refer to being in charge of food preparation. 'Cook' is used in phrases like 'cook up a storm,' indicating skillful and enthusiastic cooking, and idioms like 'too many cooks spoil the broth,' meaning that too many people involved in a task may not turn out well.

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