eat: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ēt), [key]
— v., n. ate eat eat•en eat eat•ing
- to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).
- to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode: The patient was eaten by disease and pain.
- to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
- to ravage or devastate: a forest eaten by fire.
- to absorb wastefully; consume (often fol. by up): Unexpected expenses have been eating up their savings.
- . to perform cunnilingus or fellatio on.
- to consume food; take a meal: We'll eat at six o'clock.
- to make a way, as by gnawing or corrosion: Acid ate through the linoleum.
- to worry, annoy, or bother: Something seems to be eating him—he's been wearing a frown all day.
- to destroy gradually, as by erosion: For eons, the pounding waves ate away at the shoreline.
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- to eat or dine at home.
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- to have a meal at a restaurant rather than at home.
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- to eat so much as to strain someone's resources of food or money: A group of hungry teenagers can eat you out of house and home.
- to blanket (a sailing vessel sailing close-hauled) by sailing close on the weather side of.
- The audience ate up everything he said.
- to consume wholly.
- to show enthusiasm for; take pleasure in:The audience ate up everything he said.
- to believe without question.
- eat (Thesaurus)
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