[ UK /mˈɑːstɪkˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. grind and knead
    masticate rubber
  2. chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    The cows were masticating the grass
    He jawed his bubble gum
    Chew your food and don't swallow it!
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How To Use masticate In A Sentence

  • Obama and the Democrats might have tried to educate voters on their terms, push the debate forward, and control the narrative before the maw of Fox News and right-wing radio masticated it into slurry. Joseph A. Palermo: Why Liberals Don't Stand a Chance in the Corporate Media
  • And up on a branch, it sat, eyeing me cheekily, and continued to masticate the fruits of my labours.
  • Aromatic and hot herbs, as dracunculus, nasturtium vetus, etc., although not warm to the hand (either whole or in powder), yet to the tongue and palate, being a little masticated, they feel hot and burning. The New Organon
  • The buccal mass of cephalopods includes a pair of jaws termed beaks that are used to masticate prey.
  • In its wake the stink of masticated sulfur and burning brimstone corrupted the air, and bootprints fused the sand where they had trod into dungy glass. A Triumph of Souls
  • Gerard had; and they masticated slowly, reduced the food to pulp, and insalivated it, accompanying in thought the alimentary mass passing into their intestines, and following it with methodical scrupulosity and an almost religious attention to its final consequences. Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life
  • a second time; and the process is thus accomplished: they have four stomachs, the first is called the paunch, and is the largest of all; into it descend the grass, herbs, and leaves, when first cropped and imperfectly masticated. Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals
  • wen yew looks closely, it never ceases to amaze me wut yew can see in the most ordinary of activities. notice here, as this small creature navigates the complex steps of assembling its fud. it has applied a lipid substance to the surface of a set of metallic pans, crafted to hold a mixture of masticated cucurbitacea, sucrose, and finely ground graminaceous seeds. HOLD IT!!! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?
  • Most of the bodily functions can be described by words suited to polite society or physiological terminology: for example, eructate, masticate, sternutate, micturate, defaecate VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 4
  • For the best part of the week, during which I stayed at the Dai butzu, I only had an occasional glance at a slice of nondescript meat, served one day as "rosbif," and the next day as "mutin shops," but unfortunately so leathery that no Sheffield blade could possibly divide it, and no human tooth nor jaw, however powerful, could masticate it. Corea or Cho-sen The Land of the Morning Calm
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