from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To eat up greedily. See Synonyms at eat.
- transitive v. To destroy, consume, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in minutes.
- transitive v. To take in eagerly: devour a novel.
- transitive v. To prey upon voraciously: was devoured by jealousy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
- v. To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
- v. To take in avidly with the intellect.
- v. To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a destructive manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.
- transitive v. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate.
- transitive v. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat up entirely; eat ravenously; consume as food.
- To consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly; make away with; destroy; waste.
- To swallow up, literally or figuratively; draw into conjunction or possession; absorb; engorge; take in: as, to devour a book; the usurers have devoured his estate.
- To gaze at absorbingly; look upon with avidity; view with delight.
- To give delight to; charm; enchant.
- Synonyms Consume, etc. See eat.
- To consume.
- n. See dever.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. eat greedily
- v. destroy completely
- v. enjoy avidly
- v. eat immoderately
Middle English devouren, from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre : dē-, de- + vorāre, to swallow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman devourer, Old French devorer (Modern French dévorer), from Latin dēvorō, from vorō. (Wiktionary)