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Verb: macerate  'ma-su,reyt
  1. Separate into constituents by soaking
  2. Become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
    "the tissue macerated in the water"
  3. Soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
    "macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
  4. Cause to grow thin or weak
    "The treatment macerated him";
    - waste, emaciate

Derived forms: macerated, macerates, macerating

Type of: debilitate, drain, enfeeble, separate, soften

Encyclopedia: Macerate