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

v soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result

macerate peaches”
“the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system”
Type of:
make soft or softer

v separate into constituents by soaking

Type of:
divide into components or constituents

v become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking

“the tissue macerated in the water”
Type of:
become soft or softer

v cause to grow thin or weak

emaciate, waste
Type of:
debilitate, drain, enfeeble
make weak

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