eat·​ing | \ ˈē-tiŋ How to pronounce eating (audio) \

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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Examples of eating in a Sentence

crab apples are not actually eating apples
Recent Examples on the Web The remaining two are breathing on their own and eating. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Keep salumi in the refrigerator but bring it to cool room temperature (in the 60 degree range) for the best eating experience. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2021 This is linked to insulin resistance in people with PCOS—specifically those who are overweight, have unhealthy eating habits, don't get enough exercise, or have a family history of diabetes. Emilia Benton,, 14 Oct. 2021 In addition to weight gain and a lack of exercise, studies have shown excessive TV viewing is linked to the inability of children to pay attention and think clearly, while increasing poor eating habits and behavioral problems. Sandee Lamotte And Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Street-side tables and dining structures became ubiquitous around Manhattan as restaurants offered safe, outdoor eating options during the coronavirus pandemic. NBC News, 29 July 2021 Deducting time for sleeping, eating and personal care, that would leave Lenamon about 3 hours a day to commute, manage his law firm and spend time with his family, according to JAC. Monivette Cordeiro,, 21 May 2021 There are some seeds and skin here, which makes for an active eating experience. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Oz called out Kimmel's poor eating habits and lack of exercise — and as expected, Kimmel made a joke out of it. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of eating

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eating was in the 15th century

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20 Jun 2022

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“Eating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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