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eat

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verb \ˈēt\

Definition of eat

ate

play \ˈāt, dialectal or British ˈet\;

eaten

play \ˈē-tən\;

eating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take in through the mouth as food :  ingest, chew, and swallow in turn

  3. 2a :  to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating expenses ate up the profits gadgets that eat up too much spaceb :  to bear the expense of :  take a loss on the team was forced to eat the rest of his contract

  4. 3a :  to consume gradually :  corrode cars eaten away by rustb :  to consume with vexation :  bother what's eating you now

  5. 4 :  to enjoy eagerly or avidly :  lap —used with up it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up

  6. 5 usually vulgar :  to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on —often used with out

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to take food or a meal

  9. 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

eater

noun

eat alive

  1. :  to defeat, conquer, or overwhelm completely :  crush was eaten alive by the competition

eat one out of house and home

  1. :  to consume more than one can easily provide or afford

eat one's heart out

  1. 1 :  to grieve bitterly

  2. 2 :  to be jealous

eat one's words

  1. :  to retract what one has said

eat out of one's hand

  1. :  to accept the domination of another

eat someone's lunch

  1. :  to deprive of profit, dominance, or success

Examples of eat in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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eat

noun

Definition of eat

  1. :  something to eat :  food —usually used in plural

Origin and Etymology 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


EAT Defined for English Language Learners

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eat

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verb \ˈēt\

Definition of eat for English Language Learners

  • : to take food into your mouth and swallow it

  • : to gradually destroy, use, or take away something : to wear something away

  • : to bother or annoy (someone)


EAT Defined for Kids

eat

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verb \ˈēt\

Definition of eat for Students

ate

\ˈāt\;

eaten

\ˈē-tən\;

eating

  1. 1 :  to chew and swallow food

  2. 2 :  to take a meal Let's eat at home.

  3. 3 :  to destroy as if by eating :  corrode Acids ate away the metal.

eater

noun

Medical Dictionary

eat

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verb \ˈēt\

Medical Definition of eat

ate

\ˈāt, chiefly British ˈet\play

eaten

\ˈēt-ən\play

eating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to take in through the mouth as food :  ingest, chew, and swallow in turn

  4. 2:  to consume gradually :  corrode

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to take food or a meal



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