v. baked, bak·ing, bakes
1. To cook (food) with dry heat, especially in an oven.
2. To harden or dry (something) by subjecting to heat in or as if in an oven: bake bricks.
1. To cook food with dry heat.
2. To become hardened or dry by or as if by having been subjected to the heat of an oven.
a. The act or process of baking.
b. An amount baked.
2. A social gathering at which food is cooked by baking and then served.
[Middle English baken, from Old English bacan.]
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