Definitions for: Eat


[v] cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid; "The acid corroded the metal"; "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"
[v] use up, as of resources or materials; "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
[v] eat a meal; take a meal; "We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls"; "I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"
[v] take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
[v] take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
[v] worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; "What's eating you?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Eat ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. p. Eaten ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten,
AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. ["a]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan, Ir.
& Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad. [root]6.
Cf. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]
1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially
of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. ``To eat grass as
oxen.'' --Dan. iv. 25.

They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
cvi. 28.

The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
--Gen. xli.
20.

The lion had not eaten the carcass. --1 Kings
xiii. 28.

With stories told of many a feat, How fairy Mab the
junkets eat. --Milton.

The island princes overbold Have eat our substance.
--Tennyson.

His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
--Thackeray.

2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a
cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to
cause to disappear.

To eat humble pie. See under Humble.

To eat of (partitive use). ``Eat of the bread that can not
waste.'' --Keble.

To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the
Citation under Blurt.)

To eat out, to consume completely. ``Eat out the heart and
comfort of it.'' --Tillotson.

To eat the wind out of a vessel (Naut.), to gain slowly to
windward of her.

Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.


Eat, v. i.
1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in
distinction from liquid, food; to board.

He did eat continually at the king's table. --2 Sam.
ix. 13.

2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.

3. To make one's way slowly.

To eat, To eat in or into, to make way by corrosion; to
gnaw; to consume. ``A sword laid by, which eats into
itself.'' --Byron.

To eat to windward (Naut.), to keep the course when
closehauled with but little steering; -- said of a vessel.

Synonyms: consume, corrode, deplete, eat on, eat up, exhaust, run through, rust, use up, wipe out

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