1DFCto cook something, such as meat, in anoven 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.
2DFCto heat nuts, coffee beans etc quickly in order to dry them and give them a particular taste:
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/broilAmerican 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 ➔ See alsocook
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.