concoct

\ \ [16] To concoct an excuse is the same, etymologically, as to ‘cook’ one up. The word concoct comes from the past participle of Latin concoquere, a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘together’ and coquerecook’. This was a derivative of the noun coquuscook’, which was the source of English cook. The Latin verb developed several figurative senses, including ‘digest food’ and ‘reflect on something in the mind’, but ‘fabricate’ seems to be an English creation (first recorded in the late 18th century), developed from an earlier ‘make by mixing ingredients’.
\ \ Cf.COOK

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  • Concoct — Con*coct , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Concocted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Concocting}.] [L. concoctus, p. p. of concoquere to cook together, to digest, mature; con + coquere to cook. See {Cook}.] 1. To digest; to convert into nourishment by the organs of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • concoct — index conceive (invent), contrive, create, feign, forge (produce), frame (construct) …   Law dictionary

  • concoct — 1530s, to digest, from L. concoctus, pp. of concoquere to digest; to boil together, prepare; to consider well, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + coquere to cook (see COOK (Cf. cook) (n.)). Meaning to prepare an edible thing is from 1670s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • concoct — *contrive, devise, invent, frame Analogous words: *make, fabricate, fashion, manufacture: create, discover (see INVENT): conceive, envisage, envision, *think …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • concoct — [v] formulate, think up ad lib, batch*, brew*, compound, contrive, cook up, create, design, devise, discover, dream up, envisage, envision, fabricate, frame*, hatch, invent, make up, mature, originate, plan, plot, prefab*, prepare, project,… …   New thesaurus

  • concoct — ► VERB 1) make (a dish or meal) by combining ingredients. 2) invent or devise (a story or plan). DERIVATIVES concocter noun concoction noun. ORIGIN Latin concoquere cook together …   English terms dictionary

  • concoct — [kən käkt′] vt. [< L concoctus, pp. of concoquere, to boil together, prepare < com , together + coquere,COOK] 1. to make by combining various ingredients; compound 2. to devise, invent, or plan concocter n. concoction n. concoctive adj …   English World dictionary

  • concoct — /kənˈkɒkt / (say kuhn kokt), /kəŋ / (say kuhng ) verb (t) 1. to make by combining ingredients, as in cookery: to concoct a soup; to concoct a dinner. 2. to prepare; make up; contrive: to concoct a story. {Latin concoctus, past participle, cooked… …   Australian English dictionary

  • concoct — transitive verb Etymology: Latin concoctus, past participle of concoquere to cook together, from com + coquere to cook more at cook Date: 1675 1. to prepare by combining raw materials < concoct a recipe > 2. devise, fabricate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • concoct — concocter, concoctor, n. concoctive, adj. /kon kokt , keuhn /, v.t. 1. to prepare or make by combining ingredients, esp. in cookery: to concoct a meal from leftovers. 2. to devise; make up; contrive: to concoct an excuse. [1525 35; < L concoctus… …   Universalium

  • concoct — [16] To concoct an excuse is the same, etymologically, as to ‘cook’ one up. The word concoct comes from the past participle of Latin concoquere, a compound verb formed from the prefix com ‘together’ and coquere ‘cook’. This was a derivative of… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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