mar·​i·​nate | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce marinate (audio) , ˈma-rə- \
marinated; marinating

Definition of marinate

transitive verb

: to steep (food such as meat, fish, or vegetables) in a marinade … fillet of beef, marinated in rice wine with tamarind, cardamom and vegetable pilaf.— Matthew Fort The immense variety of salads, marinated vegetables and beans, frittatas and little tarts that appear on Italian antipasto tables and Spanish tapas bars also provide ideas for this approach.— Susan Jane Cheney often : to coat or cover (food) with herbs, spices, etc. and let rest before cooking or serving … a new-fangled brochette of shrimp marinated in spices and skewered with sweet, creamy chunks of date. — William Grimes … herb-marinated cashew cheese served with garnishes like olives, honey and dates. — Florence Fabricant … had the genius idea to fill a tender crust with thinly sliced lemons marinated in sugar. — Monica Micahel Willis

intransitive verb

: to become marinated Have rabbit cleaned and cut into small serving pieces. Place in bowl. Pour burgundy over it. Allow to marinate for 6 hours.— Maria Lo Pinto Ceviche, a Peruvian appetizer also popular in the Caribbean and Central America, is prepared by combining bite-size pieces of raw fish with lime or lemon juice and allowing the mixture to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.Bon Appetit

Other Words from marinate

marination \ ˌmer-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce marinate (audio) , ˌma-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of marinate in a Sentence

The recipe says that you should marinate the chicken overnight. The chicken should be allowed to marinate overnight.
Recent Examples on the Web Having had a full day to allow the play to marinate in his head, Andrew McCutchen was asked about the amazing catch Jonathan Davis made in center field in the Milwaukee Brewers' victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 One cup of soy sauce to one cup sugar, add garlic and ginger, use that to marinate your meat. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2022 Let marinate while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 Pour Jamaican jerk marinade over chicken and let marinate for a minimum of 1 hour, but overnight is even better. Alysha Witwicki, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2022 Is there possibly a more French way to prepare beef than to marinate it in red wine? Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 Set aside to marinate for an additional 30 minutes. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 One of my favorite ways to serve it is to marinate the chunks with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, oregano, and thyme on the countertop for about 15 minutes. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, 24 Feb. 2022 Bullock uses a blend of canola oil and olive oil in a 3:1 ratio to saute vegetables, marinate the shrimp, add to the confit tomatoes and marinated feta, and add to the yellow curry and romesco sauces. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marinate

1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for marinate

probably from Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to marinate, from marino

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“Marinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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