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concoctverb [T]

uk   /kənˈkɒkt/  us   /-ˈkɑːkt/
to make something, usually ​food, by ​adding several different ​parts together, often in a way that is ​original or not ​planned: He concocted the most ​amazingdish from all ​sorts of ​leftoverfood. to ​invent an ​excuse, ​explanation, or ​story in ​order to ​deceive someone: He concocted a ​story about ​working late at the ​office.
(Definition of concoct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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concoctverb [T]

 us   /kənˈkɑkt/
to ​invent a ​story or ​excuse, esp. to ​deceiveothers: He concocted the ​story because he did not ​want to do his ​chores. To concoct is also to make something new from different things: He concocted a ​tastystew from the ​leftovers.
(Definition of concoct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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