Definitions for macerateˈmæs əˌreɪt
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mac•er•ateˈmæs əˌreɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
(v.t.)to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid.
to cause to grow thin or waste away.
(v.i.)to become macerated.
Origin of macerate:
1540–50; < L mācerātus, ptp. of mācerāre to soak, steep, weaken
separate into constituents by soaking
become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
"the tissue macerated in the water"
soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
"macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
waste, emaciate, macerate(verb)
cause to grow thin or weak
"The treatment emaciated him"
A macerated substance.
To soften (something) or separate (something) into pieces by soaking (it) in a heated or unheated liquid.
To make lean; to cause to waste away.
To subdue the appetite by poor or scanty diet; to mortify.
to make lean; to cause to waste away
to subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify
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