cook
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cōc, from Latin coquus, from coquere to cook; akin to Old English āfigen fried, Greek pessein to cook Date: before 12th century 1. a person who prepares food for eating 2. a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food; also a substance so processed II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to prepare food for eating especially by means of heat <
French cooking
>
2. to undergo the action of being cooked <
the rice is cooking now
>
3. occur, happen <
find out what was cooking in the committee
>
4. to perform, do, or proceed well <
the jazz quartet was cooking along
>
<
the party cooked right through the night
>
transitive verb 1. concoct, fabricate — usually used with up <
cooked up a scheme
>
2. to prepare for eating by a heating process 3. falsify, doctor <
cooked the books with phony spending cuts and accounting gimmickry — Colleen O'Connor
>
4. to subject to the action of heat or fire • cookable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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