|1.||[ verb ] soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result|
"macerate peaches" "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
|Related terms:||soften drench|
|2.||[ verb ] become soft or disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking|
"the tissue macerated in the water"
|3.||[ verb ] separate into constituents by soaking|
|4.||[ verb ] cause to grow thin or weak|
"The treatment emaciated him"
|Related terms:||enfeeble cachexia wastage emaciate|