Masticate

  • 1Masticate — Mas ti*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Masticated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Masticating}.] [L. masticatus, p. p. of masticare to chew, prob. fr. mastiche mastic. See {Mastic}.] To grind or crush with, or as with, the teeth and prepare for swallowing and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2masticate — (v.) 1640s, back formation from MASTICATION (Cf. mastication), or else from L.L. masticatus, pp. of masticare to chew. Related: Masticated; masticating …

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  • 3masticate — ► VERB ▪ chew (food). DERIVATIVES mastication noun. ORIGIN Latin masticare, from Greek mastikhan grind the teeth …

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  • 4masticate — [mas′ti kāt΄] vt. masticated, masticating [< LL masticatus, pp. of masticare, to chew < Gr mastichan, to grind the teeth, gnash < mastax, a mouth, morsel < IE base * menth , to chew, mouth > MOUTH, L mandere, to chew] 1. to chew up …

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  • 5masticate — UK [ˈmæstɪkeɪt] / US [ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms masticate : present tense I/you/we/they masticate he/she/it masticates present participle masticating past tense masticated past participle masticated to chew (= crush… …

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  • 6masticate — [[t]mæ̱stɪkeɪt[/t]] masticates, masticating, masticated VERB When you masticate food, you chew it. [FORMAL] [V n] Her mouth was working, as if she was masticating some tasty titbit... Don t gulp everything down without masticating. Derived words …

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  • 7masticate — verb strong jaws enable them to masticate the bones of their prey Syn: chew, munch, champ, chomp, crunch, eat; formal manducate …

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  • 8masticate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare, from Greek mastichan to gnash the teeth; akin to Greek masasthai to chew more at mandible Date: 1562 transitive verb 1. to grind or crush (food) with or as if… …

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  • 9masticate — masticable /mas ti keuh beuhl/, adj. mastication, n. masticator, n. /mas ti kayt /, v.t., v.i., masticated, masticating. 1. to chew. 2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber. [1640 50; < LL masticatus, ptp. of masticare to chew.&#8230; …

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  • 10masticate — verb /ˈmæstɪkeɪt/ a) To chew (food). The cow stood, quietly masticating its cud. b) To grind or knead something into a pulp …

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  • 11masticate — To chew; to perform mastication. * * * mas·ti·cate mas tə .kāt vb, cat·ed; cat·ing vt 1) to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing 2) to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading vi to make …

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  • 12masticate — Synonyms and related words: bite, bruise, champ, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up, chomp, chump, crunch, crush, gnash, gnaw, grind, gum, macerate, mash, mouth, mumble, munch, nibble, pulp, pulpify, ruminate, scrunch, smash, squash …

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  • 13masticate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. gnaw, nibble, chew up; see bite 1 , chew , eat 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To bite and grind with the teeth: champ, chew, chomp, chump2, crump, crunch, munch. Regional: chaw. See MOUTH …

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  • 14masticate — mas|ti|cate [ˈmæstıkeıt] v [I and T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of masticare, from Greek mastichan to press the teeth together ] formal to chew food &GT;mastication [ˌmæstıˈkeıʃən] n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15masticate — mas|ti|cate [ mæstı,keıt ] verb intransitive or transitive TECHNICAL to CHEW (=crush food between your teeth) ╾ mas|ti|ca|tion [ ,mæstı keıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16masticate — mas·ti·cate || mæstɪkeɪt v. chew; grind to a pulp with one s teeth …

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  • 17masticate — [ mastɪkeɪt] verb chew (food). Derivatives mastication noun masticator noun masticatory adjective Origin C17 (earlier (ME) as mastication): from late L. masticat , masticare chew , from Gk mastikhan gnash the teeth …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18masticate — v. a. Chew, eat, manducate …

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  • 19masticate — verb (I, T) technical to chew (=crush food between the teeth) mastication noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20masticate — v 1. chew, crunch, craunch, munch, champ, mumble, gnaw, nibble, bite, Dial. chaw, Archaic. manducate; chew well, Fletcherize; ruminate, remasticate, rechew, chew the cud. 2. pulverize, comminute, triturate, levigate, powder, granulate, break down …

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