Marinate meaning

măr'ə-nāt'
To soak (meat, for example) in a marinade.
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To become marinated.
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To steep (meat, fish, etc.) in a marinade.
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To allow a sauce or flavoring mixture to absorb into something; to steep or soak something in a marinade to flavor or prepare it for cooking.

You'll get a better flavour from the chicken if you marinate it first.

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Origin of marinate

  • Probably from Italian marinato past participle of marinare to marinate marinade
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Probably from Italian marinare, marinate or pickle.
    From Wiktionary