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macerate

[ mas-uh-reyt ]
/ 藞m忙s 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), mac路er路at路ed, mac路er路at路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), mac路er路at路ed, mac路er路at路ing.
to undergo maceration.
to become thin or emaciated; waste away.
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Origin of macerate

1540鈥50; <Latin m膩cer膩tus (past participle of m膩cer膩re to make soft, weaken, steep); see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM macerate

mac路er路at路er, mac路er路a路tor, nounmac路er路a路tive, adjectiveun路mac路er路at路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for macerate

macerate
/ (藞m忙s蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
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

Derived forms of macerate

macerater or macerator, nounmacerative, adjectivemaceration, noun

Word Origin for macerate

C16: from Latin m膩cer膩re to soften
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for macerate

macerate
[ m膬s蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
To separate into constituents by soaking.
n.
A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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