devour

(redirected from devours)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

de·vour

 (dĭ-vour′)
tr.v. de·voured, de·vour·ing, de·vours
1. To eat up greedily. See Synonyms at eat.
2. To destroy, consume, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in minutes.
3. To take in eagerly: devour a novel.
4. To preoccupy or obsess in a harmful way: was devoured by jealousy.

[Middle English devouren, from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre : dē-, de- + vorāre, to swallow.]

de·vour′er n.
de·vour′ing·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

devour

(dɪˈvaʊə)
vb (tr)
1. to swallow or eat up greedily or voraciously
2. to waste or destroy; consume: the flames devoured the curtains.
3. to consume greedily or avidly with the senses or mind: he devoured the manuscripts.
4. to engulf or absorb: the flood devoured the land.
[C14: from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre to gulp down, from de- + vorāre to consume greedily; see voracious]
deˈvourer n
deˈvouring adj
deˈvouringly adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

de•vour

(dɪˈvaʊr)

v.t.
1. to swallow or eat up hungrily.
2. to consume destructively; demolish: Fire devoured the museum.
3. to take in greedily with the senses or intellect: to devour a book.
4. to absorb or engross wholly: a mind devoured by hatred.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devourer < Latin dēvorāre to swallow down =dē- de- + vorāre to eat up]
de•vour′er, n.
de•vour′ing•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

devour


Past participle: devoured
Gerund: devouring

Imperative
devour
devour
Present
I devour
you devour
he/she/it devours
we devour
you devour
they devour
Preterite
I devoured
you devoured
he/she/it devoured
we devoured
you devoured
they devoured
Present Continuous
I am devouring
you are devouring
he/she/it is devouring
we are devouring
you are devouring
they are devouring
Present Perfect
I have devoured
you have devoured
he/she/it has devoured
we have devoured
you have devoured
they have devoured
Past Continuous
I was devouring
you were devouring
he/she/it was devouring
we were devouring
you were devouring
they were devouring
Past Perfect
I had devoured
you had devoured
he/she/it had devoured
we had devoured
you had devoured
they had devoured
Future
I will devour
you will devour
he/she/it will devour
we will devour
you will devour
they will devour
Future Perfect
I will have devoured
you will have devoured
he/she/it will have devoured
we will have devoured
you will have devoured
they will have devoured
Future Continuous
I will be devouring
you will be devouring
he/she/it will be devouring
we will be devouring
you will be devouring
they will be devouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been devouring
you have been devouring
he/she/it has been devouring
we have been devouring
you have been devouring
they have been devouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been devouring
you will have been devouring
he/she/it will have been devouring
we will have been devouring
you will have been devouring
they will have been devouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been devouring
you had been devouring
he/she/it had been devouring
we had been devouring
you had been devouring
they had been devouring
Conditional
I would devour
you would devour
he/she/it would devour
we would devour
you would devour
they would devour
Past Conditional
I would have devoured
you would have devoured
he/she/it would have devoured
we would have devoured
you would have devoured
they would have devoured
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.devour - destroy completely; "Fire had devoured our home"
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
2.devour - enjoy avidly; "She devoured his novels"
bask, enjoy, relish, savor, savour - derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in; "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"
3.devour - eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
4.devour - eat greedily; "he devoured three sandwiches"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

devour

verb
1. eat, consume, swallow, bolt, dispatch, cram, stuff, wolf, hoover (informal), gorge, gulp, gobble, guzzle, polish off (informal), pig out on (slang) She devoured half an apple pie.
2. enjoy, go through, absorb, appreciate, take in, relish, drink in, delight in, revel in, be preoccupied with, feast on, be engrossed by, read compulsively or voraciously He devoured 17 novels during his tour of India.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

devour

verb
1. To eat completely or entirely:
Informal: polish off, put away.
2. To take (food) into the body as nourishment:
Slang: chow.
Idioms: break bread, have a bite.
3. To do away with completely and destructively:
consume, eat (up), swallow (up), waste.
4. To use up foolishly or needlessly:
5. To be avidly interested in:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations
يَفْتَرِس، يَلْتَهِم
sežratzhltnout
fortæresluge
ahmia
proždrijeti
suryti
aprītrīt
pożeraćpożreć
požreti
gövdeye indirmeksilip süpürmek

devour

[dɪˈvaʊəʳ] VT [+ food] → devorar
to be devoured with jealousymorirse de envidia
to be devoured with curiosityverse devorado or corroído por la curiosidad
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

devour

[dɪˈvaʊər] vt
(= eat quickly) [+ food] → dévorer
(= read quickly) → dévorer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

devour

vt (lit, fig)verschlingen; I could devour youich habe dich zum Fressen gern, du bist wirklich zum Fressen; to be devoured by jealousy/an all-consuming passionvon Eifersucht/einer unersättlichen Leidenschaft verzehrt werden
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

devour

[dɪˈvaʊəʳ] vt (food) → divorare
devoured by jealousy → divorato/a dalla gelosia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

devour

(diˈvauə) verb
to eat up greedily. The young zebra was devoured by a lion; She devoured the chocolates.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
He clung to one idea -- that of his happiness, destroyed, without apparent cause, by an unheard-of fatality; he considered and reconsidered this idea, devoured it (so to speak), as the implacable Ugolino devours the skull of Archbishop Roger in the Inferno of Dante.
As soon as the King had landed his men, the lions all rose up together and tried to devour them.
my infant Jesus has been taken from me, has been stolen from me; they devoured her on a heath, they drank her blood, they cracked her bones!
"To Art the best prize!" said the First Poet, triumphantly, and endeavouring to devour his award broke all his teeth.
The following day he thought of them again, and without any intention of disloyalty he mentioned to Gunto what Tarzan had suggested about the eyes surrounding Goro, and the possibility that sooner or later Numa would charge the moon and devour him.
I am again asked to be godmother, and, as the child has a white ring round its neck, I cannot refuse.' The good mouse consented, but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church, and devoured half the pot of fat.
In this month I devoured all the 'Waverley novels,' but I must have been devouring a great many others, for Charles Reade's 'Christie Johnstone' is associated with the last moment of the last days.
Even the bark that once clung to the wood we use for fuel has been gnawed off and devoured by the captain's pig; and so long ago, too, that the pig himself has in turn been devoured.
"No doubt, these are the bodies of criminals; according to the custom in Abyssinia, these people have left them a prey to the wild beasts, who kill them with their terrible teeth and claws, and then devour them at their leisure.
All that night the creature pursued its lonely way, and the next day it halted only to make a single kill, which it tore to fragments and devoured with sullen, grumbling rumbles as though half famished for lack of food.
How can two particles of the yeast wrong each other by striving to devour each other?
Hitherto the smallest details of the operation had been daily chronicled by the journals, which the public devoured with eager eyes.