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1eat

verb \ˈēt\
ate \ˈāt, dial or British ˈet\ eat·en \ˈē-tən\ eat·ing

Definition of EAT

transitive verb
1
:  to take in through the mouth as food :  ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
2
a :  to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating <expenses ate up the profits> <gadgets that eat up too much space>
b :  to bear the expense of :  take a loss on <the team was forced to eat the rest of his contract>
3
a :  to consume gradually :  corrode <cars eaten away by rust>
b :  to consume with vexation :  bother <what's eating you now>
4
:  to enjoy eagerly or avidly :  lap —used with up <it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up>
5
usually vulgar :  to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on —often used with out
intransitive verb
1
:  to take food or a meal
2
:  to affect something by gradual destruction or consumption —usually used with into, away, or at <the loss was really eating at her> <the controversy ate into his support>
eat·er noun
eat alive
:  to defeat, conquer, or overwhelm completely :  crush <was eaten alive by the competition>
eat one out of house and home
:  to consume more than one can easily provide or afford
eat one's heart out
1
:  to grieve bitterly
2
:  to be jealous
eat one's words
:  to retract what one has said
eat out of one's hand
:  to accept the domination of another
eat someone's lunch
:  to deprive of profit, dominance, or success

Examples of EAT

  1. You'll feel better if you eat something.
  2. I ate a big breakfast so I'm not very hungry.
  3. They like to eat at home.

Origin of EAT

Middle English eten, from Old English etan; akin to Old High German ezzan to eat, Latin edere, Greek edmenai
First Known Use: before 12th century

2eat

noun

Definition of EAT

:  something to eat :  food —usually used in plural

Origin of EAT

Middle English et, from Old English ǣt; akin to Old High German āz food; derivative from the root of 1eat
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
EAT OUT OF ONE'S HAND Defined for Kids

eat

verb \ˈēt\
ate \ˈāt\eat·en \ˈē-tən\eat·ing

Definition of EAT for Kids

1
:  to chew and swallow food
2
:  to take a meal <Let's eat at home.>
3
:  to destroy as if by eating :  corrode <Acids ate away the metal.>
eat·er noun
Medical Dictionary

eat

verb \ˈēt\
ate \ˈāt, chiefly British ˈet\ eat·en \ˈēt-ən\ eat·ing

Medical Definition of EAT

transitive verb
1
:  to take in through the mouth as food :  ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
2
:  to consume gradually :  corrode
intransitive verb
:  to take food or a meal

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