- to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid.
- to soften or decompose (food) by the action of a solvent.
- to cause to grow thin.
- to undergo maceration.
- to become thin or emaciated; waste away.
Origin of macerate
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- to soften or separate or be softened or separated as a result of soaking
- to break up or cause to break up by soakingmacerated peaches
- to become or cause to become thin
Word Origin and History for macerator
late 15c., a back-formation from maceration or else from Latin maceratus, past participle of macerare "soften, make soft, soak, steep," related to maceria "garden wall," originally "of kneaded clay," from PIE *mak-ero-, suffixed form of root *mag- "to knead" (cf. Greek magis "kneaded mass, cake," mageus "one who kneads, baker;" Old Church Slavonic mazo "to anoint, smear;" Breton meza "to knead;" Middle Irish maistir "to churn"), also "to fashion, fit" (cf. make (v.)). Related: Macerated; macerating.
- To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
- To separate into constituents by soaking.
- A substance prepared or produced by macerating.