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masticate (verb) chew (food).
When you masticate, you chew food. Unless you masticate the food you eat properly you cannot digest it, that is, unless you chew the food thoroughly before swallowing it, you cannot digest it properly.
- The doctor has told the mother that her child has chewing problem because of his malformed teeth. He is unable to masticate food properly and hence his digestive disorders.
- Masticate food well, and you will not have many of the health problems. This means you have to eat at leisure, which, most often is not possible, because you are too busy.