WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mar•i•nate /ˈmærəˌneɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. Food(of food) to (cause to) be soaked in a marinade: [+ object]Marinate the stew meat overnight.[no object]Allow the meat to marinate overnight.
mar•i•na•tion /ˌmærəˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mar•i•nate  (marə nāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. Foodto steep (food) in a marinade.
mar′i•nation, n. 
  • Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to pickle. See marine, -ate1
  • probably 1635–45

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