verb transitiveWord forms: ˈmacerˌated or ˈmacerˌating
to soften and break down into component
parts by soaking in liquid for some time; specif., to soften and break down (food)
in the digestive
maceration; waste away; grow thin
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Word origin of 'macerate'< L maceratus, pp. of macerare, to make soft or tender, weaken, harass < IE base *māk-, to knead > Latvian màcu, to squeeze