To bake something is to cook it in a hot oven. When you bake a batch of blueberry muffins, your whole house smells delicious.

Whether you bake some cookies for dessert, a casserole to take to a potluck supper, or bake a clay pot in a kiln, you cook with a relatively slow, dry heat. You can also use the word bake figuratively: "Are you going to move into the shade, or are you just going to bake in the sun all day?" The Old English word was bacan, from a Germanic root.

Definitions of bake
  1. verb
    cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven
    bake the potatoes”
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    bake in an oven
    bake in a kiln so as to harden
    bake (eggs) in their shells until they are set
    type of:
    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
  2. verb
    prepare with dry heat in an oven
    bake a cake”
  3. verb
    heat by a natural force
    synonyms: broil
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    type of:
    heat, heat up
    make hot or hotter
  4. verb
    be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun
    “the tourists were baking in the heat”
    synonyms: broil
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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