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From Latin concoctiō (digestion), from con- (together) and coquō (cook).


  • IPA(key): /kənˈkɒkt/, [kʰəŋˈkʰɒkt]


concoct (third-person singular simple present concocts, present participle concocting, simple past and past participle concocted)

  1. To prepare something by mixing various ingredients, especially to prepare food for cooking.
    Synonyms: prepare, mix
    to concoct a potion
    to concoct a new dish
    • 2007, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Well of Tears: Book Two of The Crowthistle Chronicles, Tor Books (→ISBN)
      Pecan shells make good fuel, and they are used by leather tanners to concoct their foul-smelling compounds, and sometimes we mix them with charcoal in hand-soap to make a really good scrubbing agent
    • 2014, Lisa Howard, Healthier Gluten-Free, Fair Winds Press (MA) (→ISBN), page 171:
      The twelve include Jill (she used to be a chicken-and-potatoes girl, but now she's willing to try whatever I concoct), []
  2. (figuratively) To contrive something using skill or ingenuity.
    Synonyms: contrive, plot, scheme
    to concoct a cunning plan
    • 2005, Jean Ferris, Into the Wind: Part One, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 161:
      He had two beautiful daughters who fell in love with men he approved of and he wanted to give them the most lavish double wedding he could concoct.
  3. (obsolete) To digest.
    • 1703, Thomas Gibson, The Anatomy of Humane Bodies Epitomized, page 297:
      For the parts of an Embryo are nourished and encreased before it hath a Stomach to concoct any thing, and yet in a perfect Fœtus none can deny that the Stomach does concoct []

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