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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.
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).
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.

Contemporary Examples

I love meeting people and never pass up any opportunities to bake desserts.
Does a Robot Need to Be Cute? Annabelle Gurwitch June 21, 2014

Lately, his 11-year-old daughter has been using the tablet to learn how to bake cookies and cakes by herself.
QOOQ: A Tablet for the Messy Cook Katie Baker December 22, 2012

I mean, how many people do you know, even at this age, who can bake an egg?
The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial Ivan Solotaroff June 27, 2014

Top with a baking rack to help keep the rounds uniform and even as they bake.
Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts Brian Boitano August 24, 2009

Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
What to Eat: An Adult Halloween Dinner Party The Daily Beast October 19, 2009

Historical Examples

Roll thin, cut in small biscuits, prick with a fork and bake in a quick oven.
The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight

Add the flavoring, turn into a pan, and bake for about 40 minutes.
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

But boil it or bake it and the vitality is gone, and all the art and science of mankind cannot bring it back again.
The Breath of Life John Burroughs

Let these rise and then bake them in a hot oven for about 15 minutes.
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

Roll dough out until it is an inch thick and bake for an hour like bread in a hot oven.
Practical Skunk Raising William Edwin Pratt

(transitive) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
(intransitive) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
to make or become hardened by heat
(intransitive) (informal) to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
(US) a party at which the main dish is baked
a batch of things baked at one time
(Scot) a kind of biscuit
(Caribbean) a small flat fried cake

Old English bacan “to bake,” from Proto-Germanic *bakanan (cf. Old Norse baka, Middle Dutch backen, Old High German bahhan, German backen), from PIE *bheg- “to warm, roast, bake” (cf. Greek phogein “to roast”), from root *bhe- “to warm” (see bath). Related: Baked (Middle English had baken); baking. Baked beans attested by 1803.

“social gathering at which baked food is served,” 1846, American English, from bake (v.).

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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