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
  1. verb
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    grate, grind
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
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