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Topic: COOKING


cook

1 verb
     
cook1 S2
1 [intransitive and transitive]DFC to prepare food for eating by using heat:
Where did you learn to cook?
Cook the sauce over a low heat for 10 minutes.
cook a meal/dinner/breakfast etc
I'm usually too tired to cook an evening meal.
cook something for supper/lunch/dinner etc
He was cooking rice for supper.
cook somebody something
She cooked them all a good dinner every night.
cook (something) for somebody
I promised I'd cook for them.
slices of cooked ham
a cooked breakfast
2 [intransitive]DFC to be prepared for eating by using heat:
He could smell something delicious cooking.
Hamburgers were cooking in the kitchen.
3

cook the books

to dishonestly change official records and figures in order to steal money or give people false information:
The Government was cooking the books and misleading the public.
4

be cooking

informal to be being planned in a secret way:
They've got something cooking, and I don't think I like it.
5

be cooking (with gas)

spoken used to say that someone is doing something very well:
The band's really cooking tonight.
WORD FOCUS: cook WORD FOCUS: cook
fry (in oil)
boil
(in hot water)
bake
(bread and cakes in an oven)
roast
(meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave
(using a microwave oven)
grill
/broil American English (using a grill)
steam
, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill

raw (not cooked)
rare
(used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done
(used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)
cook cookbook, recipe, culinary

cook something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1DFC to prepare food, especially quickly:
Every night he cooked up a big casserole.
2 informal to invent an excuse, reason, plan etc, especially one that is slightly dishonest or unlikely to work:
the plan that Graham and Dempster had cooked up
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