mar·i·nate | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌnāt , ˈma-rə- \
marinated; marinating

Definition of marinate 

transitive verb

: to steep (meat, fish, or vegetables) in a marinade

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Other words from marinate

marination \ˌmer-ə-ˈnā-shən, 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.

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The Bulgogi Kimchi Cheese Fries have slivers of tender Ribeye marinated overnight in a sweet soy blend piled on fries with spicy Kimchi for $5.50. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Street Food Festival is ‘hyperlocal, but globally inspired’," 7 July 2018 At room temperature, marinated, there are few better foods in the world. Alex Van Buren,, "10 Snacks a Food Writer Packs for Day Hikes and Car Trips," 6 June 2018 The casual dining spot, which has locations across the world, including several in Illinois, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., is known for its famous peri-peri chicken — chicken that is marinated in African Bird’s Eye chili peppers. Mariah Haas,, "Prince William Reveals Which Popular Fast Food Chain He Has Recently Become a Fan Of," 17 Apr. 2018 The beef shawarma is marinated and stacked right here. Rainbow Rowell, Bon Appetit, "At El Basha, Eat Your Soup and Don’t Ask Questions," 6 June 2018 The gosht chop is popular, and includes four lamb chops carved from a rack of lamb that have been marinated in a blend of spices then cooked in the tandoor. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Indian Harvest brings savory cuisine to the suburbs," 6 June 2018 The vendor also will add adobo de pescado frito con salmarejo, a new snack-size dish of redfish which is marinated in vinegar and onions and then flash fried. Ann Maloney,, "What's new with New Orleans Jazz Fest 2018's food lineup," 6 Apr. 2018 Another standout on the eclectic menu is the bulgogi rib-eye and eggs ($18), where the beef is marinated for 36 hours and served in a bowl of rice, cilantro, toasted sesame seeds and dry seaweed. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago," 18 Jan. 2018 Its salbutes, chilmole de pavo and cochinita pibil are all notable, but its namesake dish — marinated pork given a blast of fire on the grill and a dose of lime on the plate — is the one most people come here for. Chronicle Staff,, "The Mission’s best Mexican and Latin American restaurants," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of marinate

circa 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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English Language Learners Definition of marinate

: to put meat or fish in a sauce for a period of time to add flavor or to make the meat or fish more tender : to soak in a marinade

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