from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
- transitive v. To take in and absorb as food: a plant that eats insects; a cell that eats bacteria.
- transitive v. To include habitually or by preference in one's diet: a bird that eats insects, fruit, and seeds; stopped eating red meat on advice from her doctor.
- transitive v. To destroy, ravage, or use up by or as if by ingesting: "Covering news in the field eats money” ( George F. Will).
- transitive v. To erode or corrode: waves that ate away the beach; an acid that eats the surface of a machine part.
- transitive v. To produce by or as if by eating: Moths ate holes in our sweaters.
- transitive v. Slang To absorb the cost or expense of: "You can eat your loss and switch the remaining money to other investment portfolios” ( Marlys Harris).
- transitive v. Informal To bother or annoy: What's eating him?
- transitive v. Vulgar Slang To perform cunnilingus on. Often used with out.
- intransitive v. To consume food.
- intransitive v. To have or take a meal.
- intransitive v. To exercise a consuming or eroding effect: a drill that ate away at the rock; exorbitant expenses that were eating into profits.
- intransitive v. To cause persistent annoyance or distress: "How long will it be before the frustration eats at you?” ( Howard Kaplan).
- eat up Slang To receive or enjoy enthusiastically or avidly: She really eats up the publicity.
- eat up Slang To believe without question: He'll eat up whatever the broker tells him.
- idiom eat crow To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
- idiom eat (one's) heart out To feel bitter anguish or grief.
- idiom eat (one's) heart out To be consumed by jealousy.
- idiom eat (one's) words To retract something that one has said.
- idiom eat out of (someone's) hand To be manipulated or dominated by another.
- idiom eat (someone) alive Slang To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
- v. To consume a meal.
- v. To be eaten.
- v. To destroy, consume, or use up.
- v. To cause (someone) to worry.
- v. To take the loss in a transaction.
- v. To corrode or erode.
- v. To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.
- v. To consume money or (other instruments of value, such as a token) deposited or inserted by a user, while failing to either provide the intended product or service, or return the payment.
- v. To perform oral sex on someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board.
- intransitive v. To taste or relish.
- intransitive v. To make one's way slowly.
- transitive v. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To masticate and swallow as nourishment; partake of or devour as food: said especially of solids: as, to eat bread.
- To corrode; wear away; gnaw into; consume; waste: generally with away, out, up, or into: as, rust has eaten away the surface; lines eaten out by aqua fortis; these cares eat up all my time.
- To take food; feed.
- To make way by corrosion; gnaw; penetrate or excavate by disorganization or destruction of substance: as, a cancer eats into the flesh.
- To taste; relish: as, it eats like the finest peach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take in food; used of animals only
- v. worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
- v. use up (resources or materials)
- v. take in solid food
- v. eat a meal; take a meal
- v. cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
Of course, now my parents are freaking over the organic grassfed meat I eat and want me to eat by my blood type', which being A+ is an opposite diet of high carb, low fat, veggie stuff
Just eat n eat n eat n eat maybe I should go to town and get some food.
Jemmy Button would not eat land-birds, because eat dead men: they are unwilling even to mention their dead friends.
_ When I think of my Ransom then I eat and I drink, and I pray, and in my poverty I yearn to be filled with Him, to be among those who _eat and are filled_ and they _praise the Lord who seek Him_
He's not beautiful either but pleasant to look at, one of those broad high-cheeked faces one sees so much in the West, with the funniest quick yellowish grey eyes and the most disreputable moustache I ever saw, yellow and ragged, If he must eat it, I wish he would _eat it off even_ clear across.
An uncomfortable feeling of fullness, or of dullness and stupor after a meal is a sure sign of over-eating, so whatever and whenever you eat, _eat slowly, masticate your food well_, and DO NOT EAT TOO MUCH.
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