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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To soak (meat, for example) in a marinade.
  • intransitive v. To become marinated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To allow a sauce or flavoring mixture to absorb into something; to steep or soak something in a marinade to flavor or prepare it for cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To salt or pickle, as fish, and then preserve in oil or vinegar; to prepare (food) by the use of marinade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To salt or pickle, as fish, and then preserve in oil or vinegar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. soak in marinade


Probably from Italian marinato, past participle of marinare, to marinate; see marinade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • I have always regarded this word as a logical companion to vegetate. So where slacking around doing nothing on land is vegetating, slacking around frolicking in the pool (or other body of water) would be marinating.

    April 3, 2008