- 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
Synonyms for macerate
Examples from the Web for macerated
Historical Examples of macerated
At any rate, they acted as balm upon his tongue and macerated lips.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
It had been cut up, macerated, perhaps chewed; perhaps it had been also soaked with water.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
The material must be thoroughly freed from air, and macerated.
A portion of the flesh should be macerated in spirit as directed above.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
The bruised or sliced plant is boiled or macerated in water, and the filtered liquor precipitated and otherwise treated as before.
- 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 for macerate
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.