[ mar-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈmær əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), mar·i·nat·ed, mar·i·nat·ing.

to steep (food) in a marinade.

Origin of marinate

1635–45; probably < Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to pickle. See marine, -ate1

Related forms

mar·i·na·tion, noun

Can be confused

marinade marinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marinate

British Dictionary definitions for marinate


/ (ˈmærɪˌneɪt) /


to soak in marinade

Derived Forms

marination, noun

Word Origin for marinate

C17: probably from Italian marinato, from marinare to pickle, ultimately from Latin marīnus marine
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