masticate

verb
mas·​ti·​cate | \ ˈma-stə-ˌkāt How to pronounce masticate (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from masticate

mastication \ ˌma-​stə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce masticate (audio) \ noun
masticator \ ˈma-​stə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce masticate (audio) \ noun

Examples of masticate in a Sentence

The cows were masticating their food. mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV
Recent Examples on the Web The only way to consume the stuff was to shove the entire string in your mouth and masticate the waxy nylon into an unsatisfying granular mass. Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 And dogs have been known to yap and masticate their displeasure. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2020 There’s something utterly satisfying about masticating all that fiber manually. Jessica Jones, M.s., R.d.n., SELF, 15 Apr. 2020 This Omega machine is a cold press masticating juicer, which means the essential vitamins and enzymes are preserved in the process. Popular Science, 2 Apr. 2020 For archaeologists, the sticky stuff’s longevity can help piece together the lives of ancient peoples who masticated on the chewy tar. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, 17 Dec. 2019 The grass here looks good enough to eat—and indeed there are bushy, red Salers cattle masticating everywhere. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Nov. 2019 That’s a lot to chew on, and Rushdie masticates it with his usual maximalist exuberance. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2019 Our teeth and gut weren't designed to masticate and digest real food, no sirree. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 June 2012 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'masticate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About masticate

Time Traveler for masticate

Time Traveler

The first known use of masticate was in 1562

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near masticate

mastic

masticate

masticatory

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for masticate

Cite this Entry

“Masticate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masticate. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for masticate

masticate

verb
mas·​ti·​cate | \ ˈma-stə-ˌkāt How to pronounce masticate (audio) \
masticated; masticating

Kids Definition of masticate

masticate

verb
mas·​ti·​cate | \ ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt How to pronounce masticate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce masticate (audio) \ noun

More from Merriam-Webster on masticate

Nglish: Translation of masticate for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!