WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mas•ti•cate /ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to chew (food): [~ + object]masticating their crunchy cereal noisily.[no object]noisily masticating during breakfast.
mas•ti•cate (mas′ti kāt′),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
(mas′ti kāt′),USA pronunciation adj.
- to chew.
- to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
- Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1
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