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[v] cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
[v] soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result; "macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
[v] become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking; "the tissue macerated in the water"
[v] separate into constituents by soaking


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Synonyms

emaciate, waste

Misc. Definitions

\Mac"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Macerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Macerating}.] [L. maceratus, p. p. of macerare to make soft, weaken, enervate; cf. Gr. ? to knead.]
1. To make lean; to cause to waste away. [Obs. or R.] --Harvey.
2. To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify. --Baker.
3. To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat; to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping; as, to macerate animal or vegetable fiber.

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