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 Not too firm but not gelatinous either, and unlike most poke bars, the Pacific Catch version is marinated, not just sauced. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 First, the mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard, then roasted in the oven. oregonlive, "54 Super Bowl party foods for the ultimate snack-attack," 27 Jan. 2020 Pour in the buttermilk and marinate in the refrigerator for two hours. CBS News, "The Dish: Lidia Bastianich shares Italian recipes from her "Felidia" cookbook," 18 Jan. 2020 Transfer to the refrigerator and marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: Roasted Teriyaki Salmon With Savoy Cabbage-Grapefruit Slaw," 8 Jan. 2020 But its co-lead performers Woodard, as a stoic prison warden, and Hodge, a doomed inmate, marinate so convincingly in the setting’s purgatory-like environment that the movie feels more like a documentary. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "12 Underdog Film Performances That Deserve Golden Globe Nominations," 8 Dec. 2019 After marinating in orange zest, garlic and chile flakes, these are a lively appetizer to serve with nearly any meal. Paul Stephen,, "Olives are the salty cure needed to liven up your next meal," 30 Oct. 2019 These shrimp are marinated in coconut milk, then coated in breadcrumbs and more coconut before getting cooked up to crispy perfection and served with a cooling-yet-spicy coconut yogurt. NBC News, "A better, healthier way to make coconut shrimp," 14 Jan. 2020 One highlight is the restaurant’s signature turnip shell tacos: thinly sliced root vegetables that are folded in diners’ hands and filled with mushrooms or pork, plus black beans, yogurt, marinated kale, pickled red onions, and salsa verde. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why St. Louis Needs to Be Your Next Weekend Getaway," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of marinate was circa 1645

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15 Feb 2020

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“Marinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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