To make lean; to cause to waste away.
- To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
- To separate into constituents by soaking.
- To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate.
- To become soft or separated into constituents by soaking: "His winemaker allowed the juice and skins of the white grapes to macerate together overnight before pressing” ( Gerald Asher).
- A substance prepared or produced by macerating.