- To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid. (verb-transitive)
- To separate into constituents by soaking. (verb-transitive)
- To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate. (verb-transitive)
- 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). (verb-intransitive)
- A substance prepared or produced by macerating. (noun)
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