from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
- transitive v. To separate into constituents by soaking.
- transitive v. To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate.
- intransitive v. To become soft or separated into constituents by soaking: "His winemaker allowed the juice and skins of the white grapes to macerate together overnight before pressing” ( Gerald Asher).
- n. A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To soften (something) or separate (something) into pieces by soaking (it) in a heated or unheated liquid.
- v. To make lean; to cause to waste away.
- v. To subdue the appetite by poor or scanty diet; to mortify.
- n. A macerated substance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make lean; to cause to waste away.
- transitive v. To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify.
- transitive v. To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat; to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To steep or soak almost to solution; soften and separate the parts of by steeping in a fluid, usually without heat, or by the digestive process: as, to maceratc a plant for the extraction of its medicinal properties; food is macerated in the stomach.
- To make lean; cause to grow lean or to waste away.
- To harass or mortify; worry; annoy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
- v. separate into constituents by soaking
- v. cause to grow thin or weak
- v. soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
Latin mācerāre, mācerāt-; see mag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mācerātus, perfect passive participle of mācerō, from Proto-Indo-European *mag-, *mak- (“to knead”) . (Wiktionary)