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eat

 (ēt)
v. ate (āt), eat·en (ēt′n), eat·ing, eats
v.tr.
1.
a. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
b. To take in and absorb as food: a plant that eats insects; a cell that eats bacteria.
c. 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.
2. To destroy, ravage, or use up by or as if by ingesting: "Covering news in the field eats money" (George F. Will).
3. To erode or corrode: waves that ate away the beach; an acid that eats the surface of a machine part.
4. To produce by eating: Moths ate holes in our sweaters.
5. Slang To absorb the cost or expense of: "You can eat your loss and switch the remaining money to other investment portfolios" (Marlys Harris).
6. Informal To bother or annoy: What's eating him?
7. Vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus or anilingus on. Often used with out.
v.intr.
1.
a. To consume food.
b. To have or take a meal.
2. To exercise a consuming or eroding effect: a drill that ate away at the rock; exorbitant expenses that were eating into profits.
3. To cause persistent annoyance or distress: "How long will it be before the frustration eats at you?" (Howard Kaplan).
Phrasal Verb:
eat up Slang
1. To receive or enjoy enthusiastically or avidly: She really eats up the publicity.
2. To believe without question: He'll eat up whatever the broker tells him.
Idioms:
eat crow
To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
eat (one's) heart out
1. To feel bitter anguish or grief.
2. To be consumed by jealousy.
eat (one's) words
To retract something that one has said.
eat out of (someone's) hand
To be manipulated or dominated by another.
eat (someone) alive Slang
To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.

[Middle English eten, from Old English etan; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

eat′er n.
Synonyms: eat, consume, devour, ingest
These verbs mean to take food into the body by the mouth: ate a hearty dinner; greedily consumed the sandwich; hyenas devouring their prey; whales ingesting krill.

eat up

vb (adverb, mainly tr)
1. (also intr) to eat or consume entirely: often used as an exhortation to children
2. informal to listen to with enthusiasm or appreciation: the audience ate up the speaker's every word.
3. (often passive) informal to affect grossly: she was eaten up by jealousy.
4. informal to travel (a distance) quickly: we just ate up the miles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.eat up - finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table; "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
tuck away, tuck in, put away - eat up; usually refers to a considerable quantity of food; "My son tucked in a whole pizza"
2.eat up - use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
run out - exhaust the supply of; "We ran out of time just as the discussion was getting interesting"
drain - deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"
luxuriate, indulge - enjoy to excess; "She indulges in ice cream"
burn off, burn up, burn - use up (energy); "burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
expend, spend, drop - pay out; "spend money"
spend - spend completely; "I spend my pocket money in two days"
take, use up, occupy - require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
play out, sap, tire, exhaust, run down - deplete; "exhaust one's savings"; "We quickly played out our strength"
3.eat up - enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"

eat

verb
1. To take (food) into the body as nourishment:
Slang: chow.
Idioms: break bread, have a bite.
2. To do away with completely and destructively.Also used with up:
3. To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction:
phrasal verb
eat up
1. To eat completely or entirely:
Informal: polish off, put away.
3. To be avidly interested in:
4. Slang. To like or enjoy enthusiastically, often excessively:
adore, delight (in), dote on (or upon), love.
Slang: groove on.
Translations

w>eat up

vt sep
(lit)aufessen; (animal)auffressen
(fig: = use up, consume) → verbrauchen, fressen (inf); this car eats up the milesder Wagen gibt ganz schön was her (inf)
he was eaten up with envyder Neid nagte or zehrte an ihm
viaufessen
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