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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just marinate peeled, 6-minute eggs in a combo of water, soy sauce and mirin. Dallas News, "Potato salad celebration: 4 recipes for your next socially-distanced picnic," 17 June 2020 Add tomatoes and/or cucumber and let sit at least 5 minutes to release juices and marinate. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020 The day before, marinate the chicken with the spice rub. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Lower-fat yogurt dressing keeps Chicken Shawarma Salad healthful," 13 June 2020 The nettles are blanched, chopped and squeezed and left to marinate in the liquid that accumulates during the yearlong process of making kasuzuke, pickles that use sake lees, a byproduct of sake production. Janelle Bitker,, "What goes into a pickle bowl at Bay Area’s Cultured Pickle Shop," 3 June 2020 From tequila-marinated to curry paste-smothered, there are almost infinite ways to enjoy the humble chicken wing. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "8 Great Wing Recipes for Super Bowl Party Success," 28 Jan. 2020 Boneless, skinless chicken thigh is marinated for 24 hours in a mixture of tamari, sake, ginger, garlic and citrus. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "New fiery chicken sandwich at Ima's Midtown location may be Detroit's finest," 11 Dec. 2019 Some other things to keep in mind: Tofu loves being marinated. Jamie Wilson, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Tofu That Actually Tastes Good," 15 Dec. 2016 Place the pork in the refrigerator and marinate overnight or up to 12 hours, turning the meat 2-3 times during the wait. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Jeremy Rushing’s Char Siu Pork," 13 May 2020

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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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The first known use of marinate was circa 1645

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2 Jul 2020

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“Marinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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