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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Does the dog gaze at, bark at, grip or greedily devour its prey? Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Arizona, devoured 20 dozen oysters in eight minutes to come in second, winning $500. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Find out who took home all the clams at the New Orleans Oyster Festival," 4 June 2019 But in an amazing twist, during the operation a vet found Maisy had actually devoured four teddy bears which had become lodged in her stomach. Fox News, "Sick dog's 'cancer' revealed to be chewed up teddy bears," 20 Apr. 2018 The first-ever meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday (8 p.m. Central time Monday in the U.S.) with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond. chicagotribune.com, "Summit day in Singapore: Excitement high, expectations lower," 11 June 2018 The second kind of summer reading, though, is the stuff of freedom: These are the books devoured for fun, at the beach, in a tree house or anywhere else that lends itself to the season’s long, languid hours. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Days When Reading Is the Stuff of Freedom," 25 May 2018 One Directioners are of course devouring the latest tweet, turning the moment into a meme. Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Is Getting Trolled for Double-Tweeting About "Sign of the Times"," 8 Apr. 2019 Raging wildfires killed 76 people including small children in Greece, devouring homes and forests as terrified residents fled to the sea to escape the flames. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 With each turn of a card, the next act is revealed, and in a flash the world can end, devoured in the misshapen gullet of an entity beyond mortal comprehension. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 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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