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masticate (MAS ti kayt") (verb), masticates; masticated; masticating
1. To chew, grind, or pulverize food inside the mouth using the teeth and jaws until it becomes soft and liquid before letting it go down the throat and into the stomach: Tina told her children that they should masticate their food well before swallowing it and not to just gobble and gulp it down!
2. Etymology: from Latin masticare, from the Greek mastikhan, "to grind the teeth".
To chew by grinding with the teeth.
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masticate (MAS ti kayt")
Another cate provides additional information about chewing food when people or animals are eating something.
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To chew or to grind food inside the mouth by using the teeth and jaws. (1)