(verb-transitive) To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
(verb-transitive) To separate into constituents by soaking.
(verb-transitive) To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate.
(verb-intransitive) 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).
(noun) A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
For another take on maceration, Jeff Vandermeer, who is clearly some sort of over-achiever he probably was the kid with his hand up in class all the time has done his own bizarre take on the word macerate, along with every other word that was used by the anthology’s contributors. - Logorrhea: Macerate
If it is sour fruit, you might want to add sugar to macerate a bit first. - In honor of Mother's Day, our readers dished dear Mom's recipes
Stir the brown sugar into the sliced strawberries and let macerate at room temperature for half an hour or until juicy. - Aunt Margaret's strawberry delight | Homesick Texan
Stir to combine and leave to macerate for 24 hours or longer, if your schedule dictates, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula to mix in any sugar that has settled to the bottom of the bowl. - Beyond Blini
She dressed it by mashing lemon juice, salt, and garlic together in the same worn wooden mortar, then letting them sit so the garlic could macerate into the lemon juice. - Day of Honey