Origin of Ate
Origin of ATE
verb (used with object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·en or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·ing.
verb (used without object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·en or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·ing.
- to consume wholly.
- to show enthusiasm for; take pleasure in: The audience ate up everything he said.
- to believe without question.
Origin of eat
Origin of -ate1
Origin of -ate2
Origin of -ate3
Examples from the Web for ate
Contemporary Examples of ate
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
Then they sat down at the dinner table and ate with delight.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
I ordered a salad, ate it, and in the bathroom snuck a swig of Pepto.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
They made his clothes, sat at his feet while he ate, made love to him whenever he wished, did whatever he asked.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
I ate the staple corn paste sadza every day and tasted fried mopane worms.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
Historical Examples of ate
Here he cooked and ate his meals, and here he spent his solitary evenings.Brave and Bold
She did not seem frightened, and ate readily the damper and sugar given her.Explorations in Australia
All that he touched and ate and wore and used was of the same material Absolute.The Conquest of Fear
Although he ate little, the dining-room was empty when he finished.
So K. waited for "the season," and ate his heart out for Sidney in the interval.
Word Origin for Ate
Word Origin for -ate
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ate
Word Origin for EAT
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
past tense of eat (q.v.).
Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate "infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief," of uncertain origin.
word-forming element used in forming nouns from Latin words ending in -atus, -atum (e.g. estate, primate, senate). Those that came to English via Old and Middle French often arrived with -at, but an -e was added after c.1400 to indicate the long vowel.
The suffix also can mark adjectives, formed from Latin past participals in -atus, -ata (e.g. desolate, moderate, separate), again, they often were adopted in Middle English as -at, with an -e appended after c.1400.
verbal suffix for Latin verbs in -are, identical with -ate (1). Old English commonly made verbs from adjectives by adding a verbal ending to the word (e.g. gnornian "be sad, mourn," gnorn "sad, depressed"), but as the inflections wore off English words in late Old and early Middle English, there came to be no difference between the adjective and the verb in dry, empty, warm, etc. Thus accustomed to the identity of adjectival and verbal forms of a word, the English, when they began to expand their Latin-based vocabulary after c.1500, simply made verbs from Latin past-participial adjectives without changing their form (e.g. aggravate, substantiate) and it became the custom that Latin verbs were anglicized from their past participle stems.
in chemistry, word-forming element used to form the names of salts from acids in -ic; from Latin -atus, -atum, suffix used in forming adjectives and thence nouns; identical with -ate (1).
The substance formed, for example, by the action of acetic acid (vinegar) on lead was described in the 18th century as plumbum acetatum, i.e. acetated lead. Acetatum was then taken as a noun meaning "the acetated (product)," i.e. acetate. [W.E. Flood, "The Origins of Chemical Names," London, 1963]
Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).
Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.
In addition to the idioms beginning with eat
- eat and run
- eat away at
- eat crow
- eat high off the hog
- eat in
- eat like a bird
- eat one's cake and have it, too
- eat one's hat
- eat one's heart out
- eat one's words
- eat out
- eat out of someone's hand
- eat shit
- eat someone alive
- eat someone out
- eat someone out of house and home
- eat someone's ass out
- eat someone's lunch
- eat someone up
- eat up
- dog eat dog
- proof of the pudding is in the eating
- what's eating you