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 The boneless beef ribs are marinated in a Korean style sweet, sesame-soy-garlic sauce. NBC News, "These Trader Joe's products make summer cooking easier," 27 June 2019 The savory dish features sliced Roma tomatoes that are marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and baked in a pie shell with a blend of grated cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses, mayonnaise and basil. Bob Carlton |,, "The story behind Mentone’s Wildflower Cafe and the woman who keeps it funky," 7 June 2019 Argentine steak marinated in garlic, lime zest and Worcestershire sauce makes for a marvelous Milanese. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Seek and ye shall find plenty of excuses to explore Seven Reasons," 11 Sep. 2019 Cev serves the freshest ceviche and kinilaw (a Filipino dish of raw fish marinated in vinegar), with creative versions of both. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Siargao: The Philippines Island Voted the Best in the World," 5 July 2019 Waiters on the restaurant floor delivered platters of whale steak marinated in miso. Ivan Watson, CNN, "By killing whales, Japan seeks to revive a dying industry," 2 July 2019 The tartine is served on sourdough rye bread with blue cheese butter and mushrooms marinated in celery vinegar. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 Save Salvo Patria for dinner; expect decadent dishes like smoked trout yucca croquettes and pork ribs marinated in coffee cherry cascara vinegar. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 Fried Jerked Catfish 1 hour, plus 2 hours marinating. Los Angeles Times, "Fried Jerked Catfish from Post & Beam," 9 Sep. 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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of marinate was circa 1645

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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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