Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “marinate”


verb [I or T] (also marinade /ˌmær.ɪˈneɪd/) /ˈmær.ɪ.neɪt/
to pour a marinade over meat or fish ; to be left in a marinade: Marinate the chicken in white wine for a couple of hours before frying . Leave the meat to marinate in the fridge overnight .Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
(Definition of marinate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Preparing food, but you might be interested in these topics from the Cookery topic area:

Definitions of “marinate” in other dictionaries

Translations of “marinate”

Word of the Day


the skill or activity of preparing and cooking food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More