verb (used with object), marinated, marinating.
to steep (food) in a marinade.

1635–45; probably < Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to pickle. See marine, -ate1

marination, noun

marinade, marinate. Unabridged
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marinate (ˈmærɪˌneɪt)
to soak in marinade
[C17: probably from Italian marinato, from marinare to pickle, ultimately from Latin marīnusmarine]

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Word Origin & History

c.1645, from Fr. mariner "to pickle in (sea) brine," from O.Fr. marin (adj.) "of the sea," from L. marinus (see marine).
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Slang Dictionary

marinate definition

  1. n.
    to wait calmly for something to happen. : I'll just sit here and marinate until you figure out what you want us to do.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The sufferers marinate in those thoughts without resolution and create misery
  for everyone around them.
Add a little olive oil and use to marinate fish, shrimp, or chicken before
But if your goal is to marinate in the distilled essence of can-do globalism,
  this is a glum year in which to do it.
Let marinate for a while, and season with salt and pepper.
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