verb (used with object), baked, baking.
to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
to harden by heat: to bake pottery in a kiln.
to dry by, or subject to heat: The sun baked the land.
verb (used without object), baked, baking.
to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
to become baked: The cake will bake in about half an hour.
to be subjected to heat: The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
Scot. cracker ( def 1 ).
Verb phrases
bake in/into,
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.
to include as an inseparable or permanent part: Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.

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-

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 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bake (beɪk)
1.  (tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
2.  (intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
3.  to make or become hardened by heat
4.  informal (intr) to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
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
[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 & History

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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Bible Dictionary

Bake definition

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.)

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Example sentences
Lobsters taste nearly the same when placed in dripping-pan and baked fifteen
  minutes in hot oven, and are much easier cooked.
Place a whole baked ham in the oven fifteen minutes before serving time, that
  outside fat may be heated.
Meats cooked in a range oven, though really baked, are said to be roasted.
Duties upon flour and meal when ground at the mill, and upon bread when baked
  at the oven, take place in many countries.
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