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.
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Idioms for eat
Origin of eat
OTHER WORDS FROM eateater, nounouteat, verb (used with object), out·ate, out·eat·en, out·eat·ing.un·der·eat, verb (used without object), un·der·ate, un·der·eat·en, un·der·eat·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for eat
As part of the update, users will now be able to see the ratings of nearby restaurants, which locales they’ve ordered from, and top eats—all of which will be marked with icons—on a map.Uber Eats wants to deliver flowers and pet supplies, too|Danielle Abril|October 7, 2020|Fortune
But two things are clear in this tail-eater of a case: First, there seems to be plenty of guilt but hardly a criminal in sight.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it comes to food, are you an adventurous, nose-to-tail kind of eater?
It is messy enough to be fork-food for all but the most dexterous eater.
The Daily Beast found out with the help of nationally ranked competitive eater Eric ‘Badlands’ Booker.Video: We Took a Competitive Eater to TGI Fridays for Endless Appetizers—and They Ran Out|Brandy Zadrozny|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The books on that list are reliably brilliant, and The Pumpkin Eater is no exception.The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time|Jessica Ferri|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the old days every great man kept a toad-eater; sometimes his functions were highly paid—Wolff's are, I fancy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
We here saw an opium-eater, lying stretched out upon a mat on the floor.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
The little insect-eater chittered in alarm and dashed off to safety across the highway.Insidekick|Jesse Franklin Bone
Our friend Robert the Eater was one of the communiers sent to Paris three years ago to secure our charter.
He was far from a great eater, and I never noticed him drink anything at dinner but claret, which is not an intoxicating beverage.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh|George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for eat (1 of 2)
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Derived forms of eateater, noun
Word Origin for eat
British Dictionary definitions for eat (2 of 2)
Word Origin for EAT
Medical definitions for eat
Idioms and Phrases with eat
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