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bake (v.)

Old English bacan "to bake, to cook by dry heat in a closed place or on a heated surface," from Proto-Germanic *bakan "to bake" (source also of Old Norse baka, Middle Dutch backen, Old High German bahhan, German backen), from PIE *bheg- (source also of Greek phogein "to roast"), extended form of root *bhē- "to warm" (see bath). Related: Baked (Middle English had baken); baking. Baked beans attested by 1803.

bake (n.)

1560s, "process of baking," from bake (v.). As "social gathering at which baked food is served," 1846, American English.

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Definitions of bake from WordNet

bake (v.)
cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven;
bake the potatoes
bake (v.)
prepare with dry heat in an oven;
bake a cake
bake (v.)
heat by a natural force;
Synonyms: broil
bake (v.)
be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun;
Synonyms: broil
From wordnet.princeton.edu