devour

verb
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

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Other Words from devour

devourer noun

Synonyms for devour

Synonyms

consume, eat (up)

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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.
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Wide-eyed Coco (Natalia Dyer) and bitter Bryson (Billy Magnussen) remain on the peripheral, watching the art world devour itself and trying in vain to find their entry point while remaining unscathed. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 An ordinary colony of 75 bats can devour up to 75,000 insects in a single hour—talk about organic pest control! Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 First discovered in 1799, the invasive species was the bane of seamen everywhere because of their tendency to devour wood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018 The ant queen has been eating humans and producing human-sized ants that then go out and collect more humans to devour. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Another features the family seated at a picnic table covered with brown paper and disposable cups, staring at the camera while leaning toward a pile of soon-to-be devoured crabs. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘All gone in the blink of an eye’: Woman survives crash that killed her husband and 4 daughters," 8 July 2018 Her film Bao is showing before Pixar’s blockbuster Incredibles 2 and explores the impulse to devour cute things. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Kirstjen Nielsen and Ivanka Trump on Border Separations, Katrina Lake's Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 19," 19 June 2018 My only defense is that the offerings are too rich to be devoured whole. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three SF galleries under the radar but worth seeking out," 16 May 2018 Leftovers can be devoured for breakfast the following morning. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Warm Rhubarb and Vanilla Crumble," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of devour was in the 14th century

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devour

verb

English Language Learners Definition of devour

: to quickly eat all of (something) especially in a way that shows that you are very hungry
: to read (something) quickly and with much enthusiasm
: to look at (something) with much enjoyment or enthusiasm

devour

verb
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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