masticate - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/ˈmæstɪkeɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theymasticate
he/she/itmasticates
present participlemasticating
past tensemasticated
past participlemasticated
  1. to chew (=crush food between your teeth)

derived word

mastication

 

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/ˌmæstɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [uncountable]