eat (something) up

Definition of eat (something) up

  1. 1 :  to eat all of (something) Eat your dinner up before it gets cold.

  2. 2 :  to use up (time, resources, etc.) This project has been eating up a large part of the budget. Your savings may be eaten up by inflation.

  3. 3 informal :  to enjoy (something) greatly I thought the speech was stupid, but the audience ate it up.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating

    :  to bear the expense of :  take a loss on

  1. :  something to eat :  food

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  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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