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
Related Words for eatfeed, chew, dine, inhale, bite, nibble, ingest, attack, devour, pick, swallow, drain, gormandize, scarf, snack, cram, masticate, absorb, scoff, dispatch
Examples from the Web for eat
Contemporary Examples of eat
Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Still, I wish that DuVernay had given us more about those who are less famous besides a scene where they all eat dinner together.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Tribole tells her patients not to change what they eat but how.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
Now, his new book “The Bulletproof Diet,” claims to offer a weight loss solution that lets you have your butter, and eat it too.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
I try to eat less processed food, like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nothing over-processed.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of eat
That seemed short enough—but after studying it, I says, What's the use of saying 'eat'?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You said, 'We hadn't got nothin' to eat in de house,' and what did I say to you?Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
We did justice to the supper, as we had not had anything to eat for thirty-two hours.
I hope to reach the Peake on Wednesday night, where we shall be able to get something to eat.
Windich shot three emus that were coming to the water, and we all had plenty of them to eat.
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
Word Origin for EAT
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