Variant of macerate
- to soften and break down into component parts by soaking in liquid for some time; specif., to soften and break down (food) in the digestive system
- to steep (fruit or vegetables) as in wine or liquor
- loosely to break, tear, chop, etc. into bits
- to cause to waste away or grow thin
Origin: < L maceratus, pp. of macerare, to make soft or tender, weaken, harass < IE base *māk-, to knead > Latvian màcu, to squeeze
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