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 eatenfeed, chew, dine, inhale, bite, nibble, ingest, attack, devour, pick, swallow, drain, gormandize, scarf, snack, cram, masticate, absorb, scoff, dispatch
Examples from the Web for eaten
Contemporary Examples of eaten
But the medical examiner reported that Brinsley had eaten nothing at all.
They had hoped the autopsy would show Brinsley had eaten something that would point them in the right direction.
It was forbidden to be eaten, and seen as having powers that beat back “demons and sorcerers” as well as “misfortune.”The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
By nightfall, I had showered, eaten some soup that a friend brought me, and I slept in my room for 12 solid hours.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
As the steaks are eaten, Mount, who has some skill in these things, brings up the movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of eaten
"Halbert, you have eaten scarcely anything," said his mother.Brave and Bold
When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I have eaten so many fish that it were but justice that the fish should eat me.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Grace had eaten little and drunk nothing; but Howe was slightly stimulated.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Come, dearest sister; you have eaten not a morsel to-day," she said.The Wives of The Dead
Word Origin for EAT
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
Old English eten, past participle of 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