Cook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cooked p. pr & vb. n. Cooking.]
1. To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat.
2. To concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to garble; -- often with up; as, to cook up a story; to cook an account. [Colloq.]
They all of them receive the same advices from abroad, and very often in the same words; but their way of cooking it is so different. --Addison.
n : the act of preparing something (as food) by the application
of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed
who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation
of meals to his wife" [syn: cookery, preparation]