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
The word devour had gained a fresh resonance for me.
Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.
I should yearn to read His Word and devour it any opportunity I get.
Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
Then Abner called to Jo'ab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
Do you really think that before I found you, I was going about the world seeking whom I might devour, that is, be devoured by, in the shape of a wife ... do you suppose I ever dreamed of marrying?
It is a most ill-natured thing, and the bane of friendship, to retain the resentment of affronts and injuries, and to let that word devour for ever.
They let their sword devour for ever, not considering that it would be bitterness in the latter end, as Abner pleads long after, when he was at the head of an army of Benjamites, probably with an eye to this very story, 2 Sam. ii.
Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
Then it was but playing with the sword; now, Shall the sword devour for ever?