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 eatsgrub, fare, nutriment, provisions, victuals, nourishment, sustenance, chow, nosh, rations, eatables, meals, vittles
Examples from the Web for eats
Contemporary Examples of eats
[But] it all eats away at whatever is at the core of…your own humanity.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
Changes like this pose a huge threat to the adult entertainment industry—an industry that eats up a ton of bandwidth.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality
September 13, 2014
And this time, the guy who ‘eats too much, is lazy, and loves to play music’ is taking his fight to the machines.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
Giuliana has the thinnest body, but she eats, she really eats, so what the hell are you going to yell at her about?Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
The average American eats 48 pints (or nearly 50,000 calories worth) of the stuff each year—the most in the world.An Investigation Into the Delicious Origins of Ice Cream
July 13, 2014
Historical Examples of eats
At length, he is persuaded--he blesses him, and eats the venison.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
I would give you food; but he who eats with a Huron should become his friend.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The mad joy of putting country behind you eats all other interests.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He eats green fruit and raw game; that is what I should like to do, too.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
It is the soul of man that is important, not where he lives or what he eats.Mountain Meditations
Word Origin for EAT
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
"food," in use mid-19c. in U.S., considered colloquial, but the same construction with the same meaning was present in Old English.
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