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[kon-kokt, kuh n-] /kɒnˈkɒkt, kən-/
verb (used with object)
to prepare or make by combining ingredients, especially in cookery:
to concoct a meal from leftovers.
to devise; make up; contrive:
to concoct an excuse.
Origin of concoct
1525-35; < Latin concoctus (past participle of concoquere to cook together), equivalent to con- con- + coc-, variant stem of coquere to boil, cook1 (akin to Greek péptein; see pepsin, peptic) + -tus past participle ending
Related forms
concocter, concoctor, noun
concoctive, adjective
well-concocted, adjective
2. invent, fabricate, hatch. Unabridged
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  • Afterward some of us fellows did some experimenting and managed to concoct a crude one in the laboratory.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • It took him some time to concoct his telegram, and put it into cypher.

  • Why, you fear Him with every devilish performance you concoct.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
  • The reporter, armed with this information, proceeded to concoct a legend.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • You see, when I heard of this mysterious disappearance of the lady, I began to concoct my own theory.

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for concoct


verb (transitive)
to make by combining different ingredients
to invent; make up; contrive
Derived Forms
concocter, concoctor, noun
concoctive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin concoctus cooked together, from concoquere, from coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for concoct

1530s, "to digest," from Latin concoctus, past participle of concoquere "to digest; to boil together, prepare; to consider well," from com- "together" (see com-) + coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Meaning "to prepare an edible thing" is from 1670s. First expanded metaphorically beyond cooking 1792. Related: Concocted; concocting.

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