Definitions for: Devour


[v] eat greedily
[v] eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
[v] destroy completely; "Fire had devoured our home"
[v] enjoy avidly, as of a book; "She devoured his novels"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*vour", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured; p. pr. & vb.
n. Devouring.] [F. d['e]vorer, fr. L. devorare; de + vorare
to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious.]
1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast
upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.

Some evil beast hath devoured him. --Gen. xxxvii.
20.

2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily,
selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use
up; to waste; to annihilate.

Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii.
15.

I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser.

3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly
by the senses.

Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour
her o'er with vast delight. --Dryden.

Syn: To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.

Synonyms: consume, down, go through, gulp, guttle, pig, raven

See Also: bask, destroy, eat, enjoy, relish, ruin, savor, savour

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