eat·ing | \ ˈē-tiŋ \

Definition of eating 

1 : used for eating eating utensils

2 : suitable to eat the finest eating fish also : suitable to eat raw an eating apple

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Synonyms & Antonyms for eating


comestible, eatable, edible, esculent


inedible, nonedible, uneatable

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Examples of eating in a Sentence

crab apples are not actually eating apples

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Instead of talking with your child about his or her weight, which has been linked to being overweight and eating disorders, try focusing on healthful eating behaviors, such as increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables in their diet. Susan A. Gutierrez, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for talking to your teen about body image, weight loss and healthy eating | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Plus, women who viewed images of normal and overweight models perceived their own bodies as smaller, including women who came into the study already feeling highly dissatisfied with their bodies—similar to how eating disorder patients feel. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Does looking at skinny models make you feel bad? Science says you’re not alone," 8 May 2018 Here, Teigen opens up to Health about her favorite motherhood moments, raising kids in the time of body positivity and social media movements, and how her pregnancy has affected her beauty routine and eating habits. Rebecca Shinners,, "Chrissy Teigen Reveals She’s Prone to Stretch Marks—But She Won’t Try to Get Rid of Them," 27 Apr. 2018 Specifically, the investigators wanted to know what would happen if the subjects changed their eating speed - fast, normal, slow - during the six-year study. Amby Burfoot,, "For weight loss that lasts, eat mindfully," 20 Mar. 2018 But new research suggests that time away from the calorie counting and strict eating habits can actually be a good thing. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Research Finds Taking Breaks From Dieting Can Actually Help You See Faster Results," 20 Oct. 2017 Police in southwestern Russia have arrested a couple accused of sedating, skinning alive and eating parts of as many as 30 people, while preserving their remains in saline. Kevin Lui, Time, "A Russian 'Cannibal Couple' May Have Eaten up to 30 People, Investigators Say," 27 Sep. 2017 By moving the rear kitchen wall out five feet, owner-designer Benjamin Silver made room for an eating area opposite the front entry and a door to the new dining room (formerly a sunroom). Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Gold Rush: Floor Plans," 5 July 2012 The large kitchen has a European country feel, featuring encaustic tiles with blue and gold Moroccan patterns and two eating areas: a tabletop built into the island and a dining table sitting in front of a floor-to-ceiling window. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian,, "Overland Park mansion’s spacious kitchen lands it a finalist spot in HGTV contest," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of eating

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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