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mas·ti·cate

 (măs′tĭ-kāt′)
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
v.tr.
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
v.intr.
To chew food.

[Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.]

mas′ti·ca′tion n.
mas′ti·ca′tor n.

masticate

(ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt)
vb
1. (Physiology) to chew (food)
2. to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
[C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth]
ˈmasticable adj
ˌmastiˈcation n
ˈmastiˌcator n

mas•ti•cate

(ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to chew (food).
2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading.
v.i.
3. to chew.
[1640–50; < Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1]
mas′ti•ca•ble (-kə bəl) adj.
mas`ti•ca′tion, n.
mas′ti•ca`tor, n.
mas′ti•ca•to`ry (-kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

masticate


Past participle: masticated
Gerund: masticating

Imperative
masticate
masticate
Present
I masticate
you masticate
he/she/it masticates
we masticate
you masticate
they masticate
Preterite
I masticated
you masticated
he/she/it masticated
we masticated
you masticated
they masticated
Present Continuous
I am masticating
you are masticating
he/she/it is masticating
we are masticating
you are masticating
they are masticating
Present Perfect
I have masticated
you have masticated
he/she/it has masticated
we have masticated
you have masticated
they have masticated
Past Continuous
I was masticating
you were masticating
he/she/it was masticating
we were masticating
you were masticating
they were masticating
Past Perfect
I had masticated
you had masticated
he/she/it had masticated
we had masticated
you had masticated
they had masticated
Future
I will masticate
you will masticate
he/she/it will masticate
we will masticate
you will masticate
they will masticate
Future Perfect
I will have masticated
you will have masticated
he/she/it will have masticated
we will have masticated
you will have masticated
they will have masticated
Future Continuous
I will be masticating
you will be masticating
he/she/it will be masticating
we will be masticating
you will be masticating
they will be masticating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been masticating
you have been masticating
he/she/it has been masticating
we have been masticating
you have been masticating
they have been masticating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been masticating
you will have been masticating
he/she/it will have been masticating
we will have been masticating
you will have been masticating
they will have been masticating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been masticating
you had been masticating
he/she/it had been masticating
we had been masticating
you had been masticating
they had been masticating
Conditional
I would masticate
you would masticate
he/she/it would masticate
we would masticate
you would masticate
they would masticate
Past Conditional
I would have masticated
you would have masticated
he/she/it would have masticated
we would have masticated
you would have masticated
they would have masticated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.masticate - grind and knead; "masticate rubber"
knead, work - make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
2.masticate - chew (food)masticate - chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth; "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"
chomp, champ - chew noisily; "The boy chomped his sandwich"
champ - chafe at the bit, like horses
gum, mumble - grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty; "the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"
chaw - chew without swallowing; "chaw tobacco"
munch, crunch - chew noisily; "The children crunched the celery sticks"
grind, grate - make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together; "grate one's teeth in anger"
gnaw - bite or chew on with the teeth; "gnaw an old cracker"

masticate

verb chew, eat, champ, crunch, munch Her mouth was working, as if she was masticating some tasty titbit.

masticate

verb
To bite and grind with the teeth:
Regional: chaw.
Translations
przeżuwaćżuć

masticate

[ˈmæstɪkeɪt] VTmasticar

masticate

vtikauen; (for young) → vorkauen

masticate

[ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt] vt & vimasticare

mas·ti·cate

v. masticar, mascar.
References in classic literature ?
By tasting it, to be sure,' said I, masticating a morsel that Kory-Kory had just put in my mouth, 'and excellently good it is, too, very much like veal.
He ate the fish raw, masticating with painstaking care, for the eating was an act of pure reason.
After a long, and, seemingly, a meditating silence, the emigrant, who had, however, seen no apparent necessity to suspend the functions of his masticating powers, resumed the discourse.
The fat boy rose, opened his eyes, swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep, and slowly obeyed his master's orders--gloating languidly over the remains of the feast, as he removed the plates, and deposited them in the hamper.
There are mainly three types of juice extractors: centrifugal, masticating, and triturating.
This beauty would keep you chewing way past crackerjack or John Craven and might even keep you masticating into a late-night 'Top Trumps' games .
To minimize compaction effects, thinned trees can be chipped in place with a masticating machine (mastication treatment; fig.
Midway through masticating, I glanced at the packet and spotted: "Best Before October 12 2014".
THERE is no better indication of Ed's failing popularity with the middleclass metropolitan Left than the BBC's recent choice of images of him grimacing, masticating or donating a very small part of his great wealth to the needy.
And sure enough, the particleboard soaked up the moisture like a sponge, swelling and softening, becoming more and more like a toothless old lady by the day, masticating her mushy food with her gums.
TEHRAN (FNA)- As you probably know, from sucking down cans of Coke and masticating on candy, sugar aACAo glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose aACAo is an excellent source of energy.