verb (used with object), baked, bak·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), baked, bak·ing.
- 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.
- (tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
- (intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
- to make or become hardened by heat
- (intr) 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
v.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. n.“social gathering at which baked food is served,” 1846, American English, from bake (v.).