To allow a sauce or flavoring mixture to absorb into something; to steep or soak something in a marinade to flavor or prepare it for cooking.

Youll get a better flavour from the chicken if you marinate it first.

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  • Marinate — Mar i*nate, v. t. [See {Marine}, and cf. {Marinade}.] To salt or pickle, as fish, and then preserve in oil or vinegar; to prepare (food) by the use of marinade. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marinate — (v.) 1640s, from Fr. mariner to pickle in (sea) brine, from O.Fr. marin (adj.) of the sea, from L. marinus (see MARINE (Cf. marine) (adj.)). Related: Marinated; marinating …   Etymology dictionary

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  • marinate — ► VERB ▪ soak in a marinade. DERIVATIVES marination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • marinate — [mar′i nāt΄] vt. marinated, marinating [< It marinato, pp. of marinare, to pickle in brine < marino < L marinus: see MARINE] to steep (meat, fish, etc.) in a marinade marination n …   English World dictionary

  • marinate — [[t]mæ̱rɪneɪt[/t]] marinates, marinating, marinated V ERG If you marinate meat or fish, or if it marinates, you keep it in a mixture of oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs, before cooking it, so that it can develop a special flavour. [V n] Marinate… …   English dictionary

  • marinate — UK [ˈmærɪneɪt] / US [ˈmerəˌneɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms marinate : present tense I/you/we/they marinate he/she/it marinates present participle marinating past tense marinated past participle marinated to put meat, fish, or… …   English dictionary

  • marinate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: probably from Italian marinato, past participle of marinare to marinate, from marino Date: circa 1645 transitive verb to steep (meat, fish, or vegetables) in a marinade intransitive verb to become marinated •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • marinate — verb Marinate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fish, ↑meat …   Collocations dictionary

  • marinate — mar|i|nate [ˈmærıneıt] v also mar|i|nade [ˈmærıneıd] [I and T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Italian; Origin: , past participle of marinare to preserve in salt , from Latin marinus; MARINE] to put meat or fish in a marinade, or to be left in a marinade for …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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