eat


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

verb \ˈēt\   (Medical Dictionary)
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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