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 formsmar·i·na·tion, noun
Can be confusedmarinade marinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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to soak in marinade
Derived Formsmarination, noun

Word Origin for marinate

C17: probably from Italian marinato, from marinare to pickle, ultimately from Latin marīnus marine
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Word Origin and History for marinate

1640s, from French mariner "to pickle in (sea) brine," from Old French marin (adj.) "of the sea," from Latin marinus (see marine (adj.)). Related: Marinated; marinating.

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