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

v cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven

bake the potatoes”
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

v prepare with dry heat in an oven

bake a cake”
Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch

v heat by a natural force

Type of:
heat, heat up
make hot or hotter

v be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun

“the tourists were baking in the heat”
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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