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Topic: COOKING

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: rostir

roast

1 verb
     
roast1 [intransitive and transitive]
1DFC to cook something, such as meat, in an oven or over a fire, or to cook in this way [↪ grill, bake]:
Are you going to roast the chicken?
the delicious smell of meat roasting
We caught a rabbit and roasted it over an open fire.
2DFC to heat nuts, coffee beans etc quickly in order to dry them and give them a particular taste:
dry-roasted peanuts
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

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