Meaning of “cooking” in the English Dictionary

"cooking" in British English

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cookingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkʊk.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkʊk.ɪŋ/

A2 the activity of preparing or cooking food:

My mother always hated cooking.
Who does the cooking in your house?
I love my dad's cooking (= the food that he cooks).

More examples

  • I'm trying to be more adventurous with my cooking.
  • The constraints of politeness wouldn't allow her to say what she really thought about his cooking.
  • I love Creole cooking, so hot and spicy.
  • He praises my cooking but it's just a cynical ploy to get me to make his meals.
  • Home cooking seems to be on the/in decline .

cookingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈkʊk.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkʊk.ɪŋ/

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

"cooking" in American English

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cookingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkʊk·ɪŋ/

the skill or activity of preparing and heating food to be eaten:

My mother always hated cooking.

Cooking can also refer to a particular style of preparing food:

Southern/Italian cooking

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