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Meaning of MACERATE

Pronunciation:  'masu`reyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
  2. [v]  soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result; "macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
  3. [v]  become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking; "the tissue macerated in the water"
  4. [v]  separate into constituents by soaking

MACERATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: emaciate, waste
 See Also: debilitate, douse, dowse, drain, drench, enfeeble, separate, soak, soften, sop, souse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mac"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Macerated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Macerating}.] [L. maceratus, p. p. of macerare to
make soft, weaken, enervate; cf. Gr. ? to knead.]
1. To make lean; to cause to waste away. [Obs. or R.]

2. To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to
   mortify. --Baker.

3. To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat;
   to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping; as, to
   macerate animal or vegetable fiber.

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