cook Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “cook” in the English Dictionary

"cook" in British English

See all translations

cookverb

uk   us   /kʊk/
A1 [I or T] When you cook ​food, you ​prepare it to be ​eaten by ​heating it in a ​particular way, such as ​baking or ​boiling, and when ​food cooks, it is ​heated until it is ​ready to ​eat: I don't cook ​meat very often. [+ two objects] He cooked us a ​hugedinner./He cooked a ​hugedinner for us. Let the ​fish cook for ​half an ​hour before you ​add the ​wine.
More examples
Phrasal verbs

cooknoun [C]

uk   us   /kʊk/
A2 someone who ​prepares and cooks ​food: She's a ​wonderful cook.
More examples
(Definition of cook from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cook" in American English

See all translations

cookverb [I/T]

 us   /kʊk/
to ​preparefood by ​heating it in a ​particular way, or (of ​food) to be ​prepared in this way: [T] I’ll cook the ​steaks on the ​grill. [I] Who’s cooking ​tonight, you or me? [I] The ​potatoes are cooking.
cook
noun [C]  us   /kʊk/
He’s an ​excellent cook.
(Definition of cook from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cook" in Business English

See all translations

cookverb [T]

uk   us   /kʊk/
cook the books informal to give ​falseinformation in a company's ​accounts in ​order to ​gain an ​advantage: By cooking the ​books, ​directors grossly ​misledinvestors about the company's ​financialhealth.
(Definition of cook from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cook”
in Korean 요리하다…
in Arabic يَطبُخ…
in Malaysian masak…
in French (faire) cuire…
in Russian готовить (еду), вариться, жариться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 加熱, 做飯,烹調, 燒,煮…
in Italian cucinare…
in Turkish yemek pişirmek/hazırlamak, pişmek…
in Polish gotować, gotować się…
in Spanish cocinar, guisar, preparar (la comida)…
in Vietnamese nấu ăn…
in Portuguese cozinhar…
in Thai ทำอาหาร…
in German kochen…
in Catalan cuinar…
in Japanese 料理する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 加热, 做饭,烹调, 烧,煮…
in Indonesian memasak…
What is the pronunciation of cook?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day