- /ˈbakən/, [ˈbakən], [ˈbakŋ̩]
- (transitive or intransitive) to bake; to roast Der Bäcker backt jeden Morgen 30 Laib Brot. — “The baker bakes 30 loaves of bread every morning.” Ist der Kuchen schon gebacken? — “Is the cake baked yet?”
- (transitive or intransitive, colloquial) to fry
- (transitive or intransitive, chiefly, pottery) to fire Die Tonfigur muss mindestens zwei Stunden im Ofen backen. — “The clay piece must be fired in the oven for at least two hours.”
- (intransitive) to stick together; to cake. Der Schnee backte gestern besser.
- (transitive) to stick (something to something else).
- For the past participle, strong gebacken is the normal form.
- Otherwise both weak and strong forms are possible, with probably a certain prominence of the former. For the past tense in particular, the choice is left to personal preference, since neither backte nor buk are commonly heard in vernacular German, which almost exclusively uses the perfect tense for this verb (and many others).
- Only weak forms are generally used in the – rather unfrequent – sense of “to stick”, except for the past participle, which may be gebacken or gebackt.