devour

verb de·vour \ di-ˈvau̇(-ə)r , dē- \

Definition of devour

transitive verb
1 :to eat up greedily or ravenously
  • devoured the turkey and mashed potatoes
2 :to use up or destroy as if by eating
  • We are devouring the world's resources.
3 :to prey upon
  • devoured by guilt
4 :to enjoy avidly
  • devours books

devourer

noun

Examples of devour in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of devour

Middle English, from Anglo-French devour-, stem of devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- + vorare to devour — more at voracious


DEVOUR Defined for Kids

devour

verb de·vour \ di-ˈvau̇r \

Definition of devour for Students

devoured; devouring
1 :to eat up hungrily
2 :to take in eagerly by the senses or mind
  • He devoured the information.
3 :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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