Roast a turkey by cooking it in the oven. Roast a friend by calling her a turkey on her birthday. To roast can mean to cook, or to poke fun of someone as a way of honoring them.

In cooking, slow, dry heat is used to roast things. When a cook roasts a piece of meat, you can call the meat itself a roast too. Another way to use this word is to mean “to make fun of someone,” like a toast but meaner and funnier. Comedians are known to roast each other, telling one joke after another mocking the person they're celebrating. This comes from an eighteenth century use of roast to mean "an unmerciful bantering."

Definitions of roast
  1. verb
    cook with dry heat, usually in an oven
    roast the turkey”
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    pan roast
    roast in a pan
    type of:
    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
  2. adjective
    (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven
    synonyms: roasted
    having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
  3. noun
    a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion
    synonyms: joint
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    blade roast
    a roast cut from the blade
    pot roast
    cut of beef suitable for simmering in liquid in a closed pot
    rib roast, standing rib roast
    a cut of meat (beef or venison) including more than one rib and the meat located along the outside of the ribs
    top round
    roast cut from the round; usually suitable for roasting
    rump roast
    a cut of beef or veal from the fleshy hindquarters of the animal
    beef roast, roast beef
    cut of beef suitable for roasting
    roast veal, veal roast
    cut of veal suitable for roasting
    lamb roast, roast lamb
    a cut of lamb suitable for roasting
    pork roast, roast pork
    cut of pork suitable for roasting
    bottom round
    cut from the round; suitable for pot roast
    breast of veal
    usually stuffed and roasted
    larded veal braised and glazed in its own juices
    crown roast, rack of lamb
    a roast of the rib section of lamb
    gigot, leg of lamb
    lamb leg suitable for roasting
    type of:
    cut, cut of meat
    a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  4. verb
    subject to laughter or ridicule
    “His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday”
    synonyms: blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule
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    mock or make fun of playfully
    lampoon, satirise, satirize
    ridicule with satire
    debunk, expose
    expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
    cause to appear foolish
    uncloak, unmask
    reveal the true nature of
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    bemock, mock
    treat with contempt
  5. noun
    negative criticism
    synonyms: knock
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    criticism, critique
    a serious examination and judgment of something
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