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v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
To chew food.
[Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.]
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]
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.
mas′ti•ca•ble (-kə bəl) adj.
mas′ti•ca•to`ry (-kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
Past participle: masticated
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|Verb||1.||masticate - grind and knead; "masticate rubber"|
|2.||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"|
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"
gnaw - bite or chew on with the teeth; "gnaw an old cracker"