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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
eat /it/USA pronunciation
v., ate /eɪt; esp. Brit. ɛt/USA pronunciation eat•en /ˈitən/USA pronunciation eat•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Physiologyto take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment: [~ + object]We ate dinner early.[no object]We haven't eaten all day.
- to use up, esp. wastefully;
consume gradually or slowly:[~ + up/away/into + object]Unexpected expenses ate up their savings.
- to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by wearing away, gnawing, or corroding:[~ + object]The acid ate a hole right through the metal.
eat•er, n. [countable]
- Informal Termseats, [plural] Informal. food:The eats are good there and the prices are cheap.
(ēt),USA pronunciation v., ate (āt;
esp. Brit. et) or (Archaic) eat (et, ēt);
eat•en or (Archaic) eat (et, ēt);
- Physiologyto take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment;
chew and swallow (food).
- to consume by or as if by devouring gradually;
corrode:The patient was eaten by disease and pain.
- to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
- to ravage or devastate:a forest eaten by fire.
- to use up, esp. wastefully;
consume (often fol. by up):Unexpected expenses have been eating up their savings.
- to absorb or pay for:The builder had to eat the cost of the repairs.
- Slang Terms(vulgar). to perform cunnilingus or fellatio on.
- to consume food;
take a meal:We'll eat at six o'clock.
- to make a way, as by gnawing or corrosion:Acid ate through the linoleum.
- Idiomsbe eating someone, [Informal.]to worry, annoy, or bother:Something seems to be eating him—he's been wearing a frown all day.
- eat away or into, to destroy gradually, as by erosion:For eons, the pounding waves ate away at the shoreline.
- Idiomseat crow. See crow 1 (def. 7).
- Idiomseat high off the hog. See hog (def. 11).
- Idiomseat humble pie. See humble pie (def. 3).
- Idiomseat in, to eat or dine at home.
- Idiomseat one's heart out. See heart (def. 23).
- Idiomseat one's terms. See term (def. 16).
- Idiomseat one's words. See word (def. 14).
- eat out, to have a meal at a restaurant rather than at home.
- eat out of one's hand. See hand (def. 36).
- Idiomseat someone out of house and home, to eat so much as to strain someone's resources of food or money:A group of hungry teenagers can eat you out of house and home.
- Idiomseat someone's lunch, [Slang.]to thoroughly defeat, outdo, injure, etc.
- Nauticaleat the wind out of, to blanket (a sailing vessel sailing close-hauled) by sailing close on the weather side of.
- eat up:
- to consume wholly.
- to show enthusiasm for;
take pleasure in:The audience ate up everything he said.
- to believe without question.
- Informal Termseats, food.
- bef. 900; Middle English eten, Old English etan; cognate with German essen, Gothic itan, Latin edere
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
eat /iːt/ vb (eats, eating, ate, eaten)
See also eat out
- to take into the mouth and swallow (food, etc), esp after biting and chewing
- (tr; often followed by away or up) to destroy as if by eating: the damp had eaten away the woodwork
- (often followed by into) to use up or waste: taxes ate into his inheritance
- often followed by into or through: to make (a hole, passage, etc) by eating or gnawing: rats ate through the floor
- to take or have (a meal or meals): we always eat at six
- (transitive) to include as part of one's diet: he doesn't eat fish
- (transitive) informal to cause to worry; make anxious: what's eating you?
, eat upEtymology: Old English etan; related to Gothic itan, Old High German ezzan, Latin edere, Greek edein, Sanskrit admiˈeater n
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