Definition of MASTICATE

to crush or grind with the teeth <mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV>
Synonyms champ, chaw, chew, chomp (on), crunch (on), gnaw (on), masticate, nibble
Related Words ruminate; munch, nosh, snack; consume, eat, ingest, swallow; bolt, devour, gobble (up or down), gorge, gulp, scarf, scoff, snack, wolf; nip, peck (at), pick (at); gum, mumble

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