Devour De*vour", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devoured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devouring}.] [F. d['e]vorer, fr. L. devorare; de + vorare to eat greedily, swallow up. See {Voracious}.] 1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon. [1913 Webster]

Some evil beast hath devoured him. --Gen. xxxvii. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate. [1913 Webster]

Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii. 15. [1913 Webster]

I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses. [1913 Webster]

Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour her o'er with vast delight. --Dryden.

Syn: To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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