eat
I. verb (ate; eaten; eating) Etymology: Middle English eten, from Old English etan; akin to Old High German ezzan to eat, Latin edere, Greek edmenai Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to take in through the mouth as food ; ingest, chew, and swallow in turn 2. a. to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating <
expenses ate up the profits
>
<
gadgets that eat up too much space
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b. to bear the expense of ; take a loss on <
the team was forced to eat the rest of his contract
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3. a. to consume gradually ; corrode <
cars eaten away by rust
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b. to consume with vexation ; bother <
what's eating you now
>
4. to enjoy eagerly or avidly ; lap — used with up <
it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up
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5. usually vulgar to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on — often used with out intransitive verb 1. to take food or a meal 2. to affect something by gradual destruction or consumption — usually used with into, away, or at <
the loss was really eating at her
>
<
the controversy ate into his support
>
eater noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English et, from Old English ǣt; akin to Old High German āz food; derivative from the root of 1eat Date: before 12th century something to eat ; food — usually used in plural

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  • eat — W1S1 [i:t] v past tense ate [et, eıt US eıt] past participle eaten [ˈi:tn] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(food)¦ 2¦(meal)¦ 3 eat your words 4 eat your heart out 5 eat somebody alive/eat somebody for breakfast 6¦(use)¦ 7 eat humble pie …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • eat — [ it ] (past tense ate [ eıt ] ; past participle eat|en [ itn ] ) verb intransitive or transitive *** to put food into your mouth and swallow it: We sat on the grass and ate our sandwiches. Don t talk while you re eating. I ve eaten too much.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Eat — ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Ate} ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. p. {Eaten} ([=e]t n), Obs. or Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eating}.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eat — ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Ate} ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. p. {Eaten} ([=e]t n), Obs. or Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eating}.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eat — ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Ate} ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. p. {Eaten} ([=e]t n), Obs. or Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eating}.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eat — ► VERB (past ate; past part. eaten) 1) put (food) into the mouth and chew and swallow it. 2) (eat out or in) have a meal in a restaurant (or at home). 3) (eat something away or eat away at/into) gradually erode or des …   English terms dictionary

  • Eat — Eat, v. i. 1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board. [1913 Webster] He did eat continually at the king s table. 2 Sam. ix. 13. [1913 Webster] 2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eat — (v.) O.E. etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, pp. eten) to eat, devour, consume, from P.Gmc. *etanan (Cf. O.Fris. ita, O.S. etan, M.Du. eten, Du. eten, O.H.G. ezzan, Ger. essen, O.N. eta, Goth. itan), from PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • eat — [ēt] vt. ate [āt; ] Brit usually [ et] eaten [ēt′ n] eating [ME eten < OE etan, akin to Ger essen < IE base * ed , to eat > L edere, Gr edmenai] 1. to put (food) in the mouth, chew if necessary, and swallow 2. to use up, devour, destroy …   English World dictionary

  • EAT — or eat may refer to: * Eating, the process of consuming food, for the purpose of providing for the nutritional needs of an animal * EAT., a UK sandwich shop chain * Eat (band), a British independent rock band active from 1986 1995. * Pangborn… …   Wikipedia

  • EAT — bezeichnet: Eat (Film), Experimentalfilm von Andy Warhol aus dem Jahr 1964 EAT., eine englische Kette von Sandwich Verkaufsläden EAT steht als Abkürzung für: Elektroniker für Automatisierungstechnik Evangelische Akademie Thüringen European Air… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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