cook: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kook), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
  2. to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
  3. to ruin; spoil.
  4. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.
  1. to prepare food by the use of heat.
  2. (of food) to undergo cooking.
  3. Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
    1. to be full of activity and excitement:Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
    2. to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm:That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!
    3. to be in preparation; develop:Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
    4. to take place; occur; happen:What's cooking at the club?
  4. (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the chamber of the weapon.
  5. See(def. 9).
  6. to manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.
  7. She hastily cooked up an excuse.
    1. to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly:She hastily cooked up an excuse.
    2. to falsify:Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
  1. a person who cooks: The restaurant hired a new cook.


Pronunciation: (kk, kook), [key]
— v.i. Scot.
  1. to hide, esp. outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.


Pronunciation: (kook), [key]
— n.
  1. 1865–1940, U.S. physician and polar explorer.
  2. 1873–1924, U.S. novelist, dramatist, and poet.
  3. 1728–79, English navigator and explorer in the S Pacific, Antarctic Ocean, and along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
  4. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1913–14.
  5. Also calleda mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 ft. (3764 m).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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