masticate


mas·ti·cate

verb \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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