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bake

[beyk] /beɪk/
verb (used with object), baked, baking.
1.
to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
2.
to harden by heat:
to bake pottery in a kiln.
3.
to dry by, or subject to heat:
The sun baked the land.
verb (used without object), baked, baking.
4.
to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
5.
to become baked:
The cake will bake in about half an hour.
6.
to be subjected to heat:
The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
noun
7.
a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
8.
Scot. cracker (def 1).
Verb phrases
9.
bake in/into,
  1. Computers. to incorporate (a feature) as part of a system or piece of software or hardware while it is still in development: The location-tracking service is baked in the new app.
    Security features come baked into the operating system.
  2. to include as an inseparable or permanent part:
    Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan, past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein to roast; < IE alternating base *bheHog-, bhəg-
Related forms
outbake, verb (used with object), outbaked, outbaking.
overbake, verb, overbaked, overbaking.
prebake, verb, prebaked, prebaking.
rebake, verb (used with object), rebaked, rebaking.
unbaked, adjective
underbake, verb (used with object), underbaked, underbaking.
well-baked, adjective
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Examples for bake
  • Place in buttered shallow plate, cover with buttered paper, and bake five minutes in hot oven.
  • Cover with seasoned buttered crumbs, and bake in moderate oven until white is firm and crumbs brown.
  • bake thirty minutes in a hot oven, basting every five minutes with one-fourth cup butter melted in one-fourth cup boiling water.
  • Spread over lobster, and bake in a hot oven fifteen minutes.
  • bake one hour in hot oven, basting as soon as fat is tried out, and continue basting every ten minutes.
  • Place on buttered pan, and bake in hot oven twelve to fifteen minutes.
  • bake twenty minutes in hot oven, basting after well risen, with some of the fat from pan in which meat is roasting.
  • Add remaining ingredients, turn into a buttered dish, and bake in a slow oven until firm.
  • Line patty pans with puff or plain paste, fill with the following mixture, and bake in a moderate oven until firm.
  • bake from thirty-five to forty minutes in a slow oven.
British Dictionary definitions for bake

bake

/beɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
2.
(intransitive) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
3.
to make or become hardened by heat
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
noun
5.
(US) a party at which the main dish is baked
6.
a batch of things baked at one time
7.
(Scot) a kind of biscuit
8.
(Caribbean) a small flat fried cake
Word Origin
Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast
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Word Origin and History for bake
bake
O.E. bacan "to bake," from P.Gmc. *bakanan (cf. O.N. baka, M.Du. backen, O.H.G. bahhan, Ger. backen), from P.Gmc. *bakan "to bake," from PIE *bheg- "to warm, roast, bake" (cf. Gk. phogein "to roast"), from base *bhe- "to warm."
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bake in the Bible

The duty of preparing bread was usually, in ancient times, committed to the females or the slaves of the family (Gen. 18:6; Lev. 26:26; 1 Sam. 8:13); but at a later period we find a class of public bakers mentioned (Hos. 7:4, 6; Jer. 37:21). The bread was generally in the form of long or round cakes (Ex. 29:23; 1 Sam. 2:36), of a thinness that rendered them easily broken (Isa. 58:7; Matt. 14:19; 26:26; Acts 20:11). Common ovens were generally used; at other times a jar was half-filled with hot pebbles, and the dough was spread over them. Hence we read of "cakes baken on the coals" (1 Kings 19:6), and "baken in the oven" (Lev. 2:4). (See BREAD.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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