Masticate meaning

măstĭ-kāt
To chew (food).
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The definition of masticate is to chew, or to grind something up.

An example of masticate is to chew up a gummy bear.

An example of masticate is to grind up paper into a pulp.

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To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
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To chew food.
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To chew up (food, etc.)
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To chew food.
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To chew (food).

The cow stood, quietly masticating its cud.

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To grind, cut, or knead (rubber, etc.) to a pulp.
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To grind and knead something, such as rubber, into a pulp.
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To grind or knead something into a pulp.
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Origin of masticate

  • Late Latin masticāre masticāt- to masticate from Greek mastikhān to grind the teeth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the past participle stem of post-Classical Latin masticō (“I chew"), from Ancient Greek μαστιχάω (mastikhaō, “I grind the teeth").

    From Wiktionary