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 Dictionary entry overview: What does masticate mean? 

  The verb MASTICATE has 2 senses:

1. grind and knead
2. chew (food)

  Familiarity information: MASTICATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1masticate [BACK TO TOP]


Grind and knead

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

masticate rubber

Hypernyms (to "masticate" is one way to...):

knead; work (make uniform)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2masticate [BACK TO TOP]


Chew (food)

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking


chew; manducate; masticate; jaw

Context examples:

He jawed his bubble gum / Chew your food and don't swallow it! / The cows were masticating the grass

Hypernyms (to "masticate" is one way to...):

grate; grind (make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "masticate"):

champ; chomp (chew noisily)

champ (chafe at the bit, like horses)

gum; mumble (grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty)

chaw (chew without swallowing)

crunch; munch (chew noisily)

gnaw (bite or chew on with the teeth)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

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