Quick answer
"Cook" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "cocinar", and "prepare" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "preparar". Learn more about the difference between "cook" and "prepare" below.
cook(
kook
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (culinary)
a. cocinar
How are you going to cook the turkey?¿Cómo vas a cocinar el pavo?
b. preparar
Mom is cooking my favorite dish.Mamá está preparando mi plato favorito.
c. guisar
Would you cook the beans for dinner?¿Podrías guisar los frijoles para la cena?
d. hacer
I will cook lunch today if you cook dinner.Yo haré la comida hoy si tú haces la cena.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to falsify)
a. amañar
The accountant cooked the company's books.El contable amañó la contabilidad de la empresa.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (culinary)
a. cocinar
I can cook if I have to, but I don't enjoy it.Puedo cocinar si no me queda otro remedio, pero no me gusta.
b. guisar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
When we were first married, my husband did not know how to cook.Cuándo nos casamos, mi marido no sabía guisar.
4. (to become prepared)
a. cocinarse
Set the table while the stew cooks.Pon la mesa mientras se cocina el guiso.
b. cocerse
The meat has to cook for 20 minutes.La carne tiene que cocerse 20 minutos.
c. hacerse
The soup is cooking on the stove.La sopa se está haciendo sobre la cocina.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (profession)
a. el cocinero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la cocinera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her aunt is an excellent cook.Su tía es una cocinera excelente.
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prepare(
pruh
-
pehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make ready)
a. preparar
Prepare your things for school tomorrow.Prepara las cosas para ir mañana al colegio.
2. (to make)
a. preparar
I have to prepare two presentations for this week.Tengo que preparar dos presentaciones para esta semana.
b. redactar
Will you have time to prepare the report for tomorrow?¿Tendrás tiempo de redactar el informe para mañana?
3. (to organize)
a. preparar
I'm preparing a big party for your return.Estoy preparando una gran fiesta para tu regreso.
4. (to be ready)
a. estar preparado
If I were you, I'd prepare myself for the worst.Yo que tú estaría preparada para lo peor.
5. (to teach)
a. preparar
We prepare English students for their official exams.Nos dedicamos a preparar a estudiantes de inglés para exámenes oficiales.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to get ready)
a. prepararse
I'm preparing for the party.Me estoy preparando para la fiesta.
b. hacer los preparativos
They are already preparing for the big event.Ya están haciendo los preparativos para el gran acontecimiento.
7. (to study)
a. prepararse
My son is preparing for the medical school's admission exam.Mi hijo se está preparando para el examen de acceso a la facultad de medicina.
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