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[mar-uh-neyt] /ˈmær əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), marinated, marinating.
to steep (food) in a marinade.
Origin of marinate
1635-45; probably < Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to pickle. See marine, -ate1
Related forms
marination, noun
Can be confused
marinade, marinate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marinate
  • The sufferers marinate in those thoughts without resolution and create misery for everyone around them.
  • marinate in half the sauce for half an hour to two hours.
  • Add a little olive oil and use to marinate fish, shrimp, or chicken before grilling.
  • 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.
  • Place on a platter uncovered in the fridge to marinate.
  • And on the web, fringe believers can always find each other and marinate in their own illusions.
  • If you do, use ice-cold water instead of warm and marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator.
  • If a flavor can be verdant, here it is: the heady soul of a plant with leaves that marinate in sunlight.
  • marinate meat and poultry in a covered dish in the refrigerator.
British Dictionary definitions for marinate


to soak in marinade
Derived Forms
marination, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Italian marinato, from marinare to pickle, ultimately from Latin marīnusmarine
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Word Origin and History for marinate

1640s, from French mariner "to pickle in (sea) brine," from Old French marin (adj.) "of the sea," from Latin marinus (see marine (adj.)). Related: Marinated; marinating.

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Slang definitions & phrases for marinate



To think about something or to wait for something to happen: Let me marinate on that idea

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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