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Definition of macerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

macerate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they macerate
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪt//
 
he / she / it macerates
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪts//
 
past simple macerated
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle macerated
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form macerating
BrE BrE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] macerate (something) (specialist) to make something (especially food) soft by leaving it in a liquid; to become soft in this way Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin macerat- ‘made soft, soaked’, from macerare ‘to soften’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: macerate