Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To devour greedily.
  • transitive v. To gorge; glut.
  • transitive v. To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.
  • intransitive v. To feed ravenously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To devour something greedily, gorge, glut.
  • v. To feed ravenously.
  • v. To fill excessively with a body liquid, especially blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To feed with eagerness or voracity; to stuff one's self with food.
  • transitive v. To gorge; to glut.
  • transitive v. To swallow with greediness or in large quantities; to devour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swallow; devour; gorge; properly, to swallow with greediness or in large quantities.
  • To fill to excess; gorge; specifically, in medicine, to fill to excess with blood; cause hyperemia in.
  • To devour; feed with eagerness or voracity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

Etymologies

French engorger, from Old French engorgier : en-, in; see en-1 + gorge, throat; see gorge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Except, of course, when they watch football games or go on holiday to Spain, engorge vast quantities of beer, and turn into later-day Vandals.

    Eric Margolis: A Tale of Two Cities: Riots in Paris, Cost cutting in London

  • We are not going back to the failed policies of trickle-down economics where targeted tax breaks engorge the rich and corporate elite while the rest of us scrape for scraps and thirst for the trickle!

    Cantor hits Dems on taxes, spending

  • The experienced are rendered obsolete, and grandparents are devalued; we all keep struggling to find the easiest way to do things, long after unnecessary expenditures of effort stop being life threatening -- and so we engorge.

    Kevin Patterson - An interview with author

  • The safe silliness of Beck's villain aside, progressive readers would be hard-pressed to disagree with the novel's main premise: a misinformed and apathetic populace has allowed America to be captured by oligarchic elites, elites who masterfully manipulate public opinion to perpetrate the system by which they engorge themselves on the citizenry.

    Barry Eisler: The Overton Window: More Poodle Than Panther

  • Chemicals also get triggered in the penis that prevent the blood from easily flowing out, so that the tissues can stay filled with blood and engorge.

    Erectile Dysfunction: A Blessing in Disguise

  • She beats herself up day after day, evening after evening, before, during, and after she engages in the-engorge-and-eliminate process.

    New Years Resolve, Binge or Be

  • (The "OUR" of course refers to Murdoch's News International mega-corporation -- not the millions of working-class Sun readers who will be economically raped and pillaged to pay for tax cuts that will massively engorge Murdoch's already swollen empire).

    Martin Lewis: UK Election Winner! Meet the New Toff (Same as the Old Toffs)

  • His idea has always been to engorge the middle and, in so doing, to cut off the blood-supply of the extremes.

    Sasha Abramsky: Time to Take the Gloves Off

  • "Modern culture is defined by this extraordinary freedom to ransack the world storehouse and to engorge any and every style it comes upon", observes Daniel Bell in The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.

    A dangerous seduction

  • Despite the locals 'attempts to engorge me with their foie gras at every meal, as well as with unending Three Musketeers references, I have very much enjoyed several days of tastings.

    Spirits: But you are, Blanche, you are

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