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.
- mac·er·at·er, mac·er·a·tor, noun
- mac·er·a·tive, adjective
- un·mac·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use macerate in a sentence
When the machinery had been stopped, it was found that Mr. Jones's arms and legs were macerated to a jelly.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
This material was thoroughly macerated and put into ten-liter bottles with ether.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
This point may easily be determined by means of longitudinal sections, or less easily from an examination of macerated specimens.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour
There is no part of the Christian body with which the Turkish saddle comes in contact that does not become more or less macerated.A Ride across Palestine | Anthony Trollope
Owing to the substances on which the animal feeds, it consists of little but macerated fragments of aromatic shrubs.Bible Animals; | J. G. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for macerate
to soften or separate or be softened or separated as a result of soaking
to break up or cause to break up by soaking: macerated peaches
to become or cause to become thin
- macerater or macerator, noun
- macerative, adjective
- maceration, noun
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