masticate

verb mas·ti·cate \ ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt \

Definition of masticate

masticated; masticating
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
intransitive verb
:chew

mastication

play \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

masticator

play \ˈmas-tə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of masticate in a Sentence

  1. The cows were masticating their food.

  2. mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV

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Origin and Etymology of masticate

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

masticate Synonyms

Synonyms
champ, chaw, chew, chomp (on), crunch (on), gnaw (on), bite (on), nibble
Related Words
ruminate; munch, nosh, snack; consume, eat, ingest, swallow; bolt, devour, gobble (up or down), gorge, gulp, scarf, scoff, snack, wolf; nip, peck (at), pick (at); gum, mumble

MASTICATE Defined for English Language Learners

masticate

verb

Definition of masticate for English Language Learners

  • : to chew (food)


MASTICATE Defined for Kids

masticate

verb mas·ti·cate \ ˈma-stə-ˌkāt \

Definition of masticate for Students

masticated; masticating

Medical Dictionary

masticate

verb mas·ti·cate \ ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt \

medical Definition of masticate

masticated; masticating
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

mastication

play \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun


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