[ mas-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈmæs əˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), mac·er·at·ed, mac·er·at·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·er·at·ed, mac·er·at·ing.
to undergo maceration.
to become thin or emaciated; waste away.
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Origin of macerate
1540–50; <Latin mācerātus (past participle of mācerāre to make soft, weaken, steep); see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM maceratemac·er·at·er, mac·er·a·tor, nounmac·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·mac·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use macerate in a sentence
They have a money macerator at the mint that destroys old greenbacks.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for macerate
/ (ˈmæsəˌreɪt) /
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 maceratemacerater or macerator, nounmacerative, adjectivemaceration, noun
Word Origin for macerate
C16: from Latin mācerāre to soften
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Medical definitions for macerate
[ măs′ə-rāt′ ]
To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
To separate into constituents by soaking.
A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
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