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cook (kk)
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v. cooked, cook·ing, cooks
v.tr.
1. To prepare (food) for eating by applying heat.
2. To prepare or treat by heating: slowly cooked the medicinal mixture.
3. Slang To alter or falsify so as to make a more favorable impression; doctor: disreputable accountants who were paid to cook the firm's books.
v.intr.
1. To prepare food for eating by applying heat.
2. To undergo application of heat especially for the purpose of later ingestion.
3. Slang To happen, develop, or take place: What's cooking in town?
4. Slang To proceed or perform very well: The band really got cooking after midnight.
n.
A person who prepares food for eating.
Phrasal Verb:
cook up Informal
To fabricate; concoct: cook up an excuse.
Idiom:
cook (one's) goose Slang
To ruin one's chances: The speeding ticket cooked his goose with his father. Her goose was cooked when she was caught cheating on the test.

[Middle English coken, from coke, cook, from Old English cōc, from Vulgar Latin *cōcus, from Latin cocus, coquus, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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Cook (kk), Frederick Albert 1865-1940.
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American physician and explorer who achieved fame for his now discredited claims of reaching Mt. McKinley's summit in 1906 and the North Pole in 1908.

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Cook, Mount also A·o·ra·ki ō-räkē)
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The highest mountain, 3,754 m (12,316 ft), of New Zealand, on South Island in the Southern Alps.

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Cook, James Known as "Captain Cook." 1728-1779.
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British navigator and explorer who commanded three major exploratory voyages, charting and naming many islands of the Pacific Ocean. He also sailed along the coast of North America as far north as the Bering Strait.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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    The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.

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