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From Middle High German, from Old High German kochōn, kohhōn ‎(to cook), from Proto-Germanic *kukōną ‎(to cook), from Late Latin cocō ‎(cook, verb), from Latin coquō ‎(cook, verb). More at cook.


  • IPA(key): [ˈkɔχn̩], [ˈkɔχən]
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kochen ‎(third-person singular simple present kocht, past tense kochte, past participle gekocht, auxiliary haben)

  1. to cook
  2. (transitive) to boil (cook in boiling water)
  3. (intransitive) to boil (begin to turn into a gas)



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Garen and kochen both mean "to cook (food)", but the emphasis is different. Kochen is very general, covering all aspects of cooking and focusing on the entire process of preparing food to be eaten. Garen emphasizes the thorough heating of food; food that is gegart is "done" in the sense of completely cooked. Because kochen can also mean "boil", garen must be used when referring to a heating process other than boiling. Wir haben die Kartoffeln im Backofen gekocht would not make sense, since one boils potatoes on the stove top and not in the oven.

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