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

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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 Let marinate in fridge 30 minutes and up to overnight. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Admins encourage allowing posts to marinate for a few hours, and suggest members use a random drawing system to keep gifting equitable. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Transfer the sheet pan, uncovered, to the refrigerator and marinate overnight. Ori Menashe, Robb Report, 7 June 2021 Add the scallops, and let marinate for 5 or 6 minutes. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Let marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 The true test of Mare of Easttown's Emmy chances will come when new episodes aren't airing each week, as voters are left to sit and marinate on the entire season until Emmy nominations voting begins June 17. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 27 May 2021 The cauliflowers marinate for two days, then Martinez roasts them in the oven. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 18 to 24 hours. Beth Segal, cleveland, 14 May 2021

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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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The first known use of marinate was in 1645

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21 Jun 2021

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“Marinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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