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

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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, "Lileks: When is licorice not licorice?," 30 Apr. 2021 And dogs have been known to yap and masticate their displeasure. Washington Post, "Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service," 28 Aug. 2020 There’s something utterly satisfying about masticating all that fiber manually. Jessica Jones, M.s., R.d.n., SELF, "9 Quick Meals I’m Throwing Together Lately Because Cooking During the Pandemic Is a Scam," 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, "Juicing machines that help make fruits and vegetables tastier," 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, "Human Genome Recovered From 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 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, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019 That’s a lot to chew on, and Rushdie masticates it with his usual maximalist exuberance. BostonGlobe.com, "Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Our teeth and gut weren't designed to masticate and digest real food, no sirree. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hunger Games," 11 June 2012

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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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“Masticate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masticate. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for masticate

masticate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of masticate

technical : to chew (food)

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

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