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"concoct" in British English

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concoctverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈkɒkt/ us /kənˈkɑːkt/

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 amazing dish from all sorts of leftover food.

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 deceive others:

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 tasty stew from the leftovers.

(Definition of “concoct” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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