macerate was our Word of the Day on 01/29/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of macerate in a Sentence
garnished with cherries that had been macerated in liqueur
Recent Examples of macerate from the Web
Using a roller mill to macerate or shred the agave determines the flavors in the finished bottle.
Brian Smith, founder of Brooklyn's celebrated Ample Hills Creamery, offers two options: Macerate the fruit overnight by sprinkling it with sugar, then removing the juice that's released How to add beer Beer is also high in water.
Then macerate the strawberries with the lemon and tincture.
The fruit was macerated with balsamic vinegar, lemon, sugar and black pepper, and served in a brandy snifter, giving it an elegant twist.
Workers macerated the fish, drained the tanks, righted the boat with a floating crane, pumped out the water and towed the vessel to Cordova.
My technique—macerating fruit in sugar and spices overnight before briefly cooking them down—is inspired by jam gurus June Taylor and Christine Ferber, and requires almost no labor beyond slicing.
Cover and transfer to refrigerator to macerate at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Set the fruit aside to macerate for about 10 minutes.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'macerate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Macerate is derived from the Latin verb macerare, meaning "to soften" or "to steep." That meaning was borrowed into English in 1563. However, the first English use of "macerate" refers to the wasting away of flesh especially by fasting. That use manifested itself in 1547. A few other manifestations sprouted thereafter from the word's figurative branch (e.g., Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) once wrote of "a city so macerated with expectation"); however, those extensions wilted in time. Today, the "steeping" and "soaking" senses of "macerate" saturate culinary articles (as in "macerating fruit in liquor") as well as other writings (scientific ones, for instance: "the food is macerated in the gizzard" or "the wood is macerated in the solution").
Origin and Etymology of macerate
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
Synonymsdrench, drown, impregnate, soak, saturate, sodden, sop, souse, steep
Related Wordswaterlog, water-soak; marinate, seethe; presoak; dip, immerse, inundate, submerge, swamp; bathe, douse (also dowse), hydrate, swill, wash, water; infiltrate, penetrate, permeate; damp, dampen, humidify, moisten
Near Antonymsdehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, sear; drain, empty, void; dehumidify
medical Definition of macerate
- allow the drug to macerate in hot water for one hour
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up macerate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).