1. [ verb ] soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result

"macerate peaches" "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"

Related terms: soften drench
2. [ verb ] become soft or disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking

"the tissue macerated in the water"

Related terms: soften
3. [ verb ] separate into constituents by soaking
Related terms: separate
4. [ verb ] cause to grow thin or weak
Synonyms: emaciate waste

"The treatment emaciated him"

Related terms: enfeeble cachexia wastage emaciate
Similar spelling:   macerative