Marinade or Marinate?

What is the difference between marinade and marinate?

A marinade is sauce in which food is soaked before cooking.

To marinate is the corresponding verb. It means to soak food in a marinade.

(This distinction is blurring. The verb to marinade now features in many dictionaries.)

Marinade and Marinate

The words marinade and marinate are confused so often, the distinction between them is starting to blur.


The word marinade means a sauce in which food is soaked before cooking. For example: Marinade started out life as a noun, but it is used so often as a verb, many dictionaries now list it as one. For example:


The word marinate is a verb which means to soak in marinade. For example: Don't forget the verb to marinate has other forms:
Meat marinating in a marinade

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