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

 

masticate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪt//
 
[intransitive](specialist)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they masticate
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it masticates
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪts//
 
past simple masticated
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle masticated
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form masticating
BrE BrE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to chew food This animal eats fruit from several trees but does not masticate the food. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (earlier (Middle English) as mastication): from late Latin masticat- ‘chewed’, from the verb masticare, from Greek mastikhan ‘gnash the teeth’ (related to masasthai ‘to chew’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: masticate