Definition of marinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmerəˌnāt/


[with object]
1Soak (meat, fish, or other food) in a marinade: the beef was marinated in red wine vinegar
More example sentences
  • I marinated the meat in red wine and then slowly grilled and ate it, accompanied by a light green salad and a half bottle of Country Beaujolais.
  • I started with poached Scottish lobster in a tian of avocado, marinated red pepper with a caviar dressing.
  • Try marinating meat, chicken or fish in marinades, soy sauce, sweet fruit juices, wine or Italian-style dressings.
1.1 [no object] (Of food) undergo soaking in a marinade.
Example sentences
  • Once the pork has marinated (you will notice that the otherwise pink flesh of the pork now looks more like beef) you may then begin to cook.
  • When the beef has marinated for long enough, it is time to assemble the skewers.
  • Let the steak marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator, covered, turning it once more.



Pronunciation: /ˌmarəˈnāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The reality was cold, taste-free white slices of chicken breast bearing no stamp of either grilling or marination, on an unwieldy pile of raw pepper, mangetout and enough red onion to support your immune system for a year.
  • It all depends on the marination and the ingredients.
  • Both those dishes were far better the second time around, the shrimp being merely plain and a bit strange with coconut cream that seemed unchanged from its can, and the salmon marred only by a too-long marination.


Mid 17th century: from Italian marinare 'pickle in brine', or from French mariner (from marine 'brine').

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Syllabification: mar·i·nate

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