Definition for eating (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for eating
Eating disorders, researchers believed, were essentially more severe forms of disordered eating.
What celebrity has started to talk about his or her eating disorder?
Genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.
The eating disorder field remains divided over the potential efficacy of such measures.
They are becoming more aware of what eating disorders are and what they look like.
He ate because his mother filled his plate; but if he had been questioned, he could scarcely have told what he was eating.Baron Trigault's Vengeance|Emile Gaboriau
I would not go so far as the eminent professor, who insisted that eating was the greatest of all the pleasures in life.Windfalls|(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
Now she would be eating in one place, and then she would walk to another.The Peterkin Papers|Lucretia P Hale
These had ripened slowly during August and, by the time of the September town-meeting, were fit for eating.When Life Was Young|C. A. Stephens
The night is spent in eating, drinking, smoking, singing and dancing.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
British Dictionary definitions for eating (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for eating (2 of 3)
Word Origin for EAT
British Dictionary definitions for eating (3 of 3)
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
Word Origin and History for eating
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.
Medicine definitions for eating
Idioms and Phrases with eating
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