bake /beɪk/


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.

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