Meaning of “cook” in the English Dictionary

"cook" in British English

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cookverb

uk /kʊk/ 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 huge dinner./He cooked a huge dinner for us.
Let the fish cook for half an hour before you add the wine.

More examples

  • Don't cook vegetables for too long - they'll lose all their goodness.
  • Wrap the chicken in foil and cook it for two hours.
  • Vicky cooks really well but she's rather messy.
  • Do you prefer cooking with electricity or gas?
  • I'm a terrible cook - nothing I try to make turns out the way it's supposed to.

cooknoun [ C ]

uk /kʊk/ us /kʊk/

A2 someone who prepares and cooks food:

She's a wonderful cook.

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  • He's intelligent, witty, a loving husband, and an excellent cook into the bargain.
  • The cook brought in a fresh batch of homemade cakes.
  • Alex is one of the best cooks I know - he could really be a professional.
  • I'll ask the cook to do rib of lamb for Sunday lunch.
  • This is the cook's night off, so we're just having cold meat and salad.

(Definition of “cook” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cook" in American English

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cookverb [ I/T ]

us /kʊk/

to prepare food 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

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cookverb [ T ]

uk /kʊk/ us
cook the books informal

to give false information in a company's accounts in order to gain an advantage:

By cooking the books, directors grossly misled investors about the company's financial health.

(Definition of “cook” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)