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macerate

[mas-uh-reyt] /ˈmæs əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), macerated, macerating.
1.
to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid.
2.
to soften or decompose (food) by the action of a solvent.
3.
to cause to grow thin.
verb (used without object), macerated, macerating.
4.
to undergo maceration.
5.
to become thin or emaciated; waste away.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin mācerātus (past participle of mācerāre to make soft, weaken, steep); see -ate1
Related forms
macerater, macerator, noun
macerative, adjective
unmacerated, adjective
Synonyms
5. shrink, shrivel, fade, wither.
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British Dictionary definitions for mace-rate

macerate

/ˈmæsəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to soften or separate or be softened or separated as a result of soaking
2.
to break up or cause to break up by soaking macerated peaches
3.
to become or cause to become thin
Derived Forms
macerater, macerator, noun
macerative, adjective
maceration, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mācerāre to soften
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Word Origin and History for mace-rate
macerate
late 15c., from L. maceratus, pp. of macerare "soften," related to maceria "garden wall," originally "of kneaded clay," from PIE base *mag-/*meg- "to knead" (cf. Gk. magis "kneaded mass, cake," mageus "one who kneads, baker;" O.C.S. mazo "to anoint, smear;" Bret. meza "to knead;" M.Ir. maistir "to churn"). Related: Macerated; macerating.
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mace-rate in Medicine

macerate mac·er·ate (mās'ə-rāt')
v. mac·er·at·ed, mac·er·at·ing, mac·er·ates

  1. To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.

  2. To separate into constituents by soaking.

n.
A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
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