cook (food) by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven or on a hot surface:
they bake their own bread and cakes.
(of food) be cooked in such a way:
the bread was baking on hot stones.
(of the sun or other agency) subject (something) to dry heat, esp. so as to harden it:
the sun has baked the earth a dusty brown.
∎ [intr.] inf.
(of a person or place) be or become extremely hot in prolonged sun or hot weather:
the city was baking in a heat wave
a social gathering at which baked food is eaten:
lobster bakes on deserted islands.
, awake, bake, betake, Blake, brake, break, cake, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, make, mistake, opaque, partake, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake
•bellyache • clambake • headache
•backache • pancake • teacake
•seedcake • beefcake • cheesecake
•fishcake • johnnycake • tipsy cake
•rock cake • shortcake • oatcake
•oilcake • fruitcake • cupcake
•pat-a-cake • cornflake • snowflake
•rattlesnake • handbrake • mandrake
•heartbreak • airbrake • daybreak
•jailbreak • canebrake • windbreak
•tiebreak • corncrake • outbreak
•footbrake • muckrake • earache
•firebreak • namesake • keepsake
•handshake • milkshake • heartache
•beefsteak • sweepstake • stocktake
•out-take • uptake • grubstake
•wapentake • toothache • seaquake
•kittiwake • moonquake • earthquake
str. vb., f. Gmc. *bak-.
Weak inflexions (baked
) began to appear before 1400, and were established by XVI.