de·​vour | \ di-ˈvau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce devour (audio) , dē- \
devoured; devouring; devours

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

Other Words from devour

devourer noun

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Examples of devour in a Sentence

He devoured everything on his plate. The lions devoured their prey. She devoured every golf magazine she could find. He watched intently, devouring the scene before him with his eyes.
Recent Examples on the Web These plump caterpillars get about four inches long and can devour all the leaves on a tomato plant in a single day, but are completely harmless to humans. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2022 Well known for their delightful deodorants, Native’s Shampoo utilizes the gifts from Mother Nature to make a shampoo your hair will devour – in a good way, of course. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Netflix hit record highs during the pandemic as people rushed to the service to devour series like Tiger King and The Crown. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 As Russia shifts its focus to taking the Donbas region, its forces are closing in from the north, east and south like a shark’s mouth ready to devour Kramatorsk along with the nearby city of Sloviansk. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 These document her increasing quest for knowledge, to devour the world whole. Design Art B., Longreads, 7 Apr. 2022 Research suggests that the wolves are helping to create a smaller but more stable, healthy and resilient elk herd, which no longer grows in good times to devour all available food resources and starve en masse during bad years. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 In 2013, a mystery illness disintegrated the starfish of America’s Western Seaboard: These unlikely predators are the coastal equivalent of pumas, and in their absence, their sea-urchin prey were free to devour offshore kelp forests. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 In the great taiga, Russia’s vast subarctic forest, and now in Ukraine, the stories of shatooni rising from apparent death to devour their executioners are not myth. A. Craig Copetas, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of devour

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for devour

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

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“Devour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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de·​vour | \ di-ˈvau̇r How to pronounce devour (audio) \
devoured; devouring

Kids Definition of devour

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.

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