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as in to stuff
to fill with food to capacity we gorged ourselves on the four pies Aunt Martha had brought for Thanksgiving

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as in to feast
to eat greedily or to excess the kids began gorging on Halloween candy the minute they got back from trick-or-treating

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as in to devour
to swallow or eat greedily the ravenous dogs furiously gorged the scraps of meat

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How is the word gorge different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of gorge are cloy, glut, pall, sate, satiate, and surfeit. While all these words mean "to fill to repletion," gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking.

gorged themselves with chocolate

When can cloy be used instead of gorge?

The words cloy and gorge can be used in similar contexts, but cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting.

sentimental pictures that cloy after a while

When might glut be a better fit than gorge?

Although the words glut and gorge have much in common, glut implies excess in feeding or supplying.

a market glutted with diet books

Where would pall be a reasonable alternative to gorge?

While in some cases nearly identical to gorge, pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite.

a life of leisure eventually begins to pall

How do satiate and sate relate to one another, in the sense of gorge?

Both satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire.

years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel
readers were sated with sensationalistic stories

When could surfeit be used to replace gorge?

While the synonyms surfeit and gorge are close in meaning, surfeit implies a nauseating repletion.

surfeited themselves with junk food

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“Gorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gorge. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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