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Main Entry: eat
Inflected Form(s): ate /t/; eat·en /t-n/; eat·ing 1: to take into the mouth and swallow food : chew and swallow in turn 2: to have a meal <eat at home> 3: to destroy as if by eating : wear away <rocks eaten away by waves> 4: to affect something by destroying or using up bit by bit <termites eating away at a house> <acid eating into metal> 5: to enjoy with excitement <the audience ate the show up> - eat·ernoun synonymsEAT, CONSUME, DEVOUR mean to swallow usually after chewing. EAT is a general word that can apply to any manner of taking in food <eat your dinner>. CONSUME suggests eating up something completely <by noon they had consumed all of their food supplies>. DEVOUR suggests eating quickly and greedily <the hungry children devoured the grapes>.