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masticate

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verb mas·ti·cate \ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of masticate

  • : to chew (food)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of masticate

masticated

masticating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth :  chew

  3. 2 :  to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  chew

mastication

play \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

masticator

play \ˈmas-tə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of masticate in a sentence

  1. The cows were masticating their food.

  2. <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


MASTICATE Defined for Kids

masticate

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verb mas·ti·cate \ˈma-stə-ˌkāt\

Definition of masticate for Students

masticated

masticating

  1. :  1chew




Medical Dictionary

masticate

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verb mas·ti·cate \ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of masticate

masticated

;

masticating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing

  4. 2:  to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to make the motions involved in masticating food

mastication

\ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\play noun




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