Meaning of COOKING in English


I. cook ‧ ing 1 /ˈkʊkɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ cook , ↑ cooker , ↑ cookery , ↑ cooking ; adjective : cooked ≠ ↑ uncooked , overcooked ≠ UNDERCOOKED , ↑ cooking ; verb : ↑ cook , ↑ overcook ≠ UNDERCOOK ]

1 . the act of making food and cooking it:

My mother does all the cooking.

I love cooking.

2 . food made in a particular way or by a particular person:

My compliments on your cooking.

Indian cooking

simple basic home cooking (=good food like the food you get in your own home)

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■ verbs

▪ do the cooking

Who does the cooking in your house?

▪ share the cooking (=both cook the food)

Pete and I usually share the cooking.

▪ like/enjoy cooking

I enjoy cooking at the weekend.


▪ home cooking (=food cooked at home, not in a restaurant)

Home cooking always tastes best to me.

▪ Italian/French etc cooking

Fresh herbs are used a lot in Thai cooking.

▪ traditional cooking

Traditional Asian cooking uses a lot of oil.

▪ vegetarian cooking

a book on vegetarian cooking

▪ slow cooking

Slow cooking gives the dish a better flavour.

■ cooking + NOUN

▪ cooking facilities (=somewhere to cook, with the equipment you need)

The apartment has one bedroom and a sitting-room with cooking facilities.

▪ cooking time (=how long you cook something for)

Adjust the cooking time according to the size of the bird.

▪ cooking utensils (=pots, spoons, knives etc that you use when cooking)

The kitchen has all the cooking utensils you will need.

▪ a cooking method

Adjust your cooking methods for healthy eating.

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■ preparing food

▪ grate to cut cheese, carrot etc into small pieces by rubbing it against a special tool:

Grate the cheese and sprinkle it over the top of the pasta.

▪ melt to make butter, chocolate etc become liquid:

Melt the butter, chocolate, and 1 teaspoon of cream over a low heat.

▪ sieve British English , sift American English to put flour or other powders through a ↑ sieve (=tool like a net made of wire, which you use for removing larger grains or pieces) :

Sift the flour and cocoa before adding to the rest of the mixture.

▪ chop to cut something into pieces, especially using a big knife:

Chop up the vegetables.

▪ dice to cut vegetables or meat into small square pieces:

Dice the carrots and then fry them in butter.

▪ season to add salt, pepper etc to food:

Season the meat before grilling.

▪ crush to use a lot of force to break something such as seeds into very small pieces or into a powder:

Add one clove of crushed garlic.

▪ mix to combine different foods together:

Mix together all the ingredients in one bowl.

▪ beat/whisk to mix food together quickly with a fork or other tool:

Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

▪ stir to turn food around with a spoon:

Stir the sauce gently to prevent burning.

▪ fold something in to gently mix another substance into a mixture:

Fold in the beaten egg whites.

▪ knead to press ↑ dough (=a mixture of flour and water) many times with your hands when you are making bread:

Knead the dough for ten minutes, until smooth.

▪ drizzle to slowly pour a small amount of a liquid onto something:

Drizzle with olive oil.

▪ let something stand to leave something somewhere, before you do something else with it:

Let the mixture stand for a couple of hours so that it cools naturally.

▪ serve to put different foods together as part of a meal:

Serve with rice and a salad.


Serve the aubergines on a bed of lettuce.

II. cooking 2 BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ cook , ↑ cooker , ↑ cookery , ↑ cooking ; adjective : cooked ≠ ↑ uncooked , overcooked ≠ UNDERCOOKED , ↑ cooking ; verb : ↑ cook , ↑ overcook ≠ UNDERCOOK ]

[only before noun] suitable for or used in cooking:

The rooms all have cooking facilities (=there is cooking equipment in the rooms) .

cooking pot/utensils/equipment etc

cooking apples

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.