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eat

verb \ ˈēt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of eat

ate play \ˈāt, dialectal or British ˈet\; eaten play \ˈē-tᵊn\; eating
transitive verb
1 :to take in through the mouth as food :ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
2 a :to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating
  • expenses ate up the profits
  • gadgets that eat up too much space
b :to bear the expense of :take a loss on
  • the team was forced to eat the rest of his contract
3 a :to consume gradually :corrode
  • cars eaten away by rust
b :to consume with vexation :bother
  • what's eating you now
4 :to enjoy eagerly or avidly :lap used with up
  • it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up
5 usually vulgar :to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on often used with out
intransitive verb
1 :to take food or a meal
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
:to defeat, conquer, or overwhelm completely :crush
  • was eaten alive by the competition
eat one out of house and home
:to consume more than one can easily provide or afford
eat one's heart out
1 :to grieve bitterly
2 :to be jealous
eat one's words
:to retract what one has said
eat out of one's hand
:to accept the domination of another
eat someone's lunch
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of eat

Middle English eten, from Old English etan; akin to Old High German ezzan to eat, Latin edere, Greek edmenai

eat Synonyms


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eat

noun

Definition of eat

:something to eat :food usually used in plural

Recent Examples of eat from the Web

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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


EAT Defined for English Language Learners

eat

verb

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

verb \ ˈēt \

Definition of eat for Students

ate \ˈāt\; eaten \ˈē-tᵊn\; eating
1 :to chew and swallow food
2 :to take a meal
  • Let's eat at home.
3 :to destroy as if by eating :corrode
  • Acids ate away the metal.

eater

noun

Medical Dictionary

eat

verb \ ˈēt \

medical Definition of eat

ate \ˈāt, chiefly British ˈet\; eaten play \ˈēt-ᵊn\; eating
transitive verb
1 :to take in through the mouth as food :ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
2 :to consume gradually :corrode
intransitive verb
:to take food or a meal


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