1. macerate, separate

usage: separate into constituents by soaking

2. macerate, soften

usage: become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking; "the tissue macerated in the water"

3. macerate, soften

usage: soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result; "macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"

4. waste, emaciate, macerate, enfeeble, debilitate, drain

usage: cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"

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