macerate

When you macerate something, you soften it by soaking it in a liquid, often while you're cooking or preparing food.

To macerate strawberries, all you have to do is sprinkle sugar on them, which draws out their juices so they become soft and sweet and deliciously saucy. Macerate is sometimes also used to mean "cause to grow thin or weak," or in other words, to make someone feel like a soft, squishy strawberry.

Definitions of macerate
  1. verb
    soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
    macerate peaches”
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    type of:
    soften
    make soft or softer
  2. verb
    separate into constituents by soaking
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    type of:
    separate
    divide into components or constituents
  3. verb
    become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
    “the tissue macerated in the water”
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    type of:
    soften
    become soft or softer
  4. verb
    cause to grow thin or weak
    synonyms: emaciate, waste
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    type of:
    debilitate, drain, enfeeble
    make weak
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