Simple Definition of masticate
: to chew (food)
Examples of masticate in a sentence
The cows were masticating their food.
<mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV>
Origin and Etymology of masticate
Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare, from Greek mastichan to gnash the teeth; akin to Greek masasthai to chew — more at mandible
First Known Use: 1562
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Medical Definition of masticate
transitive verb: to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing
2: to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading
intransitive verb: to make the motions involved in masticating food
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