V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to soften by soaking in a liquid; 2. to soften or separate from soaking; 3. to cause something or someone to become thin or weak
Synonyms: soak, steep, dissolve, soften, thin, weaken
Antonyms: harden, toughen
Tips: The word macerate is usually used in the context of cooking. When you macerate a food, you soak it in liquid to soften or dissolve it.
I didn't have time to macerate fresh tomatoes, so I used canned ones instead. (soak, soften)
If you allow the ingredients to macerate in the refrigerator over night, all the flavors will blend together nicely. (steep, soak)
I macerated the peaches in sugar water to prepare them for my peach cobbler. (soaked, softened)
I was sad to see how much he had macerated as a result of his illness. (thinned, weakened)
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