I. verb — [with obj.] 1. cook (food) by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven • they bake their own bread and cakes.
2. [no obj.] — (of food) be cooked by baking • the bread was baking on hot stones.
3. (of the sun or other agency) subject (something) to dry heat, especially so as to harden it. • the soil in the desert is baked dry by the fierce heat of the sun.
4. [no obj.] —
‹informal› be or become extremely hot in prolonged sun or hot weather
• the city was baking in a heatwave.
II. noun — [with modifier] 1. a dish consisting of a mixture of ingredients cooked in an oven • a vegetable bake.
2. [with modifier] —
(N. Amer.) a social gathering at which baked food of a specified kind is eaten
• lobster bakes.
III. phrases baked in the cake
‹informal› inevitable or unchangeable as a result of previous actions or events
• look out for the next big tax—it is pretty much baked in the cake now.
IV. phrasal verbs bake something in incorporate something as an integral part of a product, service, or system • we have baked in XML web services as part of the core of our platform
• (as adj. baked-in)
the company continues to place a heavy emphasis on baked-in security.
– origin Old English bacan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bakken and German backen.