When you manducate carrots, you chew them. Your stiff, formal grandmother might instruct you to manducate your food more slowly.

Use the verb manducate when you need a formal word for eating. Horses manducate mouthfuls of hay and little kids who are new to trick-or-treating might want to manducate each piece of candy as it's dropped in their treat bag on Halloween. While chew is a far more common word than manducate, even masticate is used more often. Manducate is rooted in the Latin manducat-, "chewed," from mandere, "to chew."

Definitions of manducate

v chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth

chew, jaw, masticate
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champ, chomp
chew noisily
chafe at the bit, like horses
gum, mumble
grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
chew without swallowing
crunch, munch
chew noisily
bite or chew on with the teeth
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grate, grind
make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

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