Definition of masticate
masticationplay \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
masticatorplay \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
Recent Examples of masticate from the Web
A lyrist playing to a herd of cows masticating their own ignorance, Bella often thought.
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.
MASTICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of masticate for English Language Learners
: to chew (food)
MASTICATE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of masticate
transitive verb: 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up masticate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).