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 formseat·er, nounout·eat, 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.
Examples from the Web for eats
[But] it all eats away at whatever is at the core of…your own humanity.
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|Aurora Snow|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|David Masciotra|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Giuliana has the thinnest body, but she eats, she really eats, so what the hell are you going to yell at her about?
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|Andrew Romano|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Keekie Joe was not to be lured by promises of "eats," though he was curious about the old railroad car.Pee-Wee Harris Adrift|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
One snake is worth a dozen traps, for the reptile prowls into the burrows and nests of rats and mice and eats the entire brood.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life|Ernest Ingersoll
Now what girl who is worth anything cares whether she eats a few raspberries or not.The Honorable Miss|L. T. Meade
For this reason, the owl, without the least hesitation, eats every fish that comes into the river.Aino Folk-Tales|Basil Hall Chamberlain
He eats it, I repeat, as you do apples, and the authentic mouthfuls of fly can be seen passing down his glassy neck.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
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Word Origin for EAT
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verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Derived Formseater, noun
Word Origin for eat
Medicine definitions for eats
Idioms and Phrases with eats
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