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

Definition of marinate

transitive verb

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

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marination \ ˌmer-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce marination (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.

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Sharma combines buttermilk, lime juice, serrano chiles, scallions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, cayenne, coriander, cardamom and cumin and recommends marinating for at least four hours and up to eight. NBC News, "9 foolproof and delicious recipes for boneless, skinless chicken breasts," 30 June 2019 Meats are seasoned with dry spice rubs and often marinated while cooking with a vinegar-and-oil mixture. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Combine the trout slices, tomato oil, soy sauce and sudachi (or key lime) juice in a bowl and marinate for 30 minutes. Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 Letting all the vegetables marinate in the vinaigrette for a few minutes before adding the lettuce intensified their flavor. Washington Post, "The key to a crisp chopped salad is salting ahead of time," 17 June 2019 Transfer to refrigerator and let chicken marinate overnight. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 2019 Coat skirt steak in spice mixture and let marinate 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Skirt Steak Raja Tacos," 25 July 2018 There are also familiar standbys — pad Thai with a hint of lemon; fresh rice noodles stuffed with mixed greens, carrots, and generous heaps of avocado; marinated chicken satay with a thick peanut sauce. Kara Baskin,, "Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont," 13 June 2019 Instead of using lime with her tequila, Tucker chops up her favorite red grapefruit and marinates it in the bottle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local tequila entrepreneur appeals to Tanya Tucker’s wild side," 6 June 2019

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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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