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masticate


masticate

verb mas·ti·cate \ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\
mas·ti·cat·edmas·ti·cat·ing

Definition of MASTICATE

transitive verb
1
:  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
mas·ti·ca·tion \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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