masticate

verb
mas·ti·cate | \ ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt \
masticated; masticating

Definition of masticate 

transitive verb

1 : to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth : chew The cows were masticating their food.

2 : to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading

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Other words from masticate

mastication \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən \ noun
masticator \ˈmas-tə-ˌkā-tər \ noun

Examples of masticate in a Sentence

The cows were masticating their food. mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV

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Shortly after this piece publishes, a host of my McWopKraut kin will be masticating dehydrated meals on Rainier’s mighty shoulders. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "I Was the First! (And Probably the Only)," 24 Apr. 2018 A lyrist playing to a herd of cows masticating their own ignorance, Bella often thought. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "A Small Flame," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of masticate

1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for masticate

Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare, from Greek mastichan to gnash the teeth; akin to Greek masasthai to chew — more at mandible

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More Definitions for masticate

masticate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of masticate

: to chew (food)

masticate

verb
mas·ti·cate | \ ˈma-stə-ˌkāt \
masticated; masticating

Kids Definition of masticate

masticate

verb
mas·ti·cate | \ ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt \
masticated; masticating

Medical Definition of masticate 

transitive verb

1 : to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing

2 : to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading

intransitive verb

: to make the motions involved in masticating food

Other words from masticate

mastication \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən \ noun

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