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masticate (v.)

"to chew (food)," 1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.

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Definitions of masticate

masticate (v.)
grind and knead;
masticate rubber
masticate (v.)
chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth;
Synonyms: chew / manducate / jaw
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