verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin of masticate
1640–50;Related formsmas·ti·ca·ble [mas-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈmæs tɪ kə bəl/, adjectivemas·ti·ca·tion, nounmas·ti·ca·tor, nounhalf-mas·ti·cat·ed, adjectivere·mas·ti·cate, verb, re·mas·ti·cat·ed, re·mas·ti·cat·ing.re·mas·ti·ca·tion, nounun·mas·ti·cat·ed, adjective
< Late Latin masticātus,
past participle of masticāre
to chew. See mastic
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Examples from the Web for masticate
Historical Examples of masticate
George, continuing to masticate his bread, says it has nothing to do with him.
She was trying to masticate these when there came a tap at the door.
They then roll the leaf up, and masticate it for hours together.
If she should masticate food her own poison would destroy her life.
And he took her teeth out of her mouth so that she should not masticate food.
British Dictionary definitions for masticate
Derived Formsmasticable, adjectivemastication, nounmasticator, noun
to chew (food)
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Word Origin for masticate
C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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Word Origin and History for masticate
1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.
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Related formsmas′ti•ca′tion n.
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