masticate

[ mas-ti-keyt ]
/ ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.

to chew.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.

Nearby words

  1. masterwort,
  2. mastery,
  3. masthead,
  4. mastic,
  5. masticable,
  6. mastication,
  7. masticatory,
  8. masticatory force,
  9. masticatory system,
  10. mastiff

Origin of masticate

1640–50; < Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for masticate

masticate

/ (ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

to chew (food)
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Derived Formsmasticable, adjectivemastication, nounmasticator, noun

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

masticate

v.

1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.

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Medicine definitions for masticate

masticate

[ măstĭ-kāt′ ]

v.

To chew food.
Related formsmas′ti•cation n.


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