verb de·vour \di-ˈva(-ə)r, dē-\

Definition of DEVOUR

transitive verb
:  to eat up greedily or ravenously
:  to use up or destroy as if by eating <we are devouring the world's resources>
:  to prey upon <devoured by guilt>
:  to enjoy avidly <devours books>
de·vour·er noun

Examples of DEVOUR

  1. He devoured everything on his plate.
  2. The lions devoured their prey.
  3. She devoured every golf magazine she could find.
  4. He watched intently, devouring the scene before him with his eyes.

Origin of DEVOUR

Middle English, from Anglo-French devour-, stem of devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- + vorare to devour — more at voracious
First Known Use: 14th century
DEVOUR Defined for Kids


verb de·vour \di-ˈvar\

Definition of DEVOUR for Kids

:  to eat up hungrily
:  to take in eagerly by the senses or mind <He devoured the information.>
:  to destroy as if by eating <The buildings were devoured by flames.>

Word Root of DEVOUR

The Latin word vorāre, meaning to eat greedily, gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.


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