- To eat is defined as to put food in the mouth, chew and swallow or to use up.
- An example of to eat is having a breakfast of eggs and toast.
- An example of eat used as a verb is to say that something eats up time meaning it takes a lot of time.
A couple about to eat lunch.
eat definition by Webster's New World
- to put (food) in the mouth, chew if necessary, and swallow
- to use up, devour, destroy, or waste as by eating; consume or ravage: usually with away or up
- to penetrate and destroy, as acid does; corrode
- to make by or as by eating: the acid ate holes in the cloth
- to bring into a specified condition by eating: to eat oneself sick
- Informal to absorb (a financial loss); accept responsibility for losses resulting from (unsold goods, bad debts, etc.)
- ☆ Slang to worry or bother: what's eating him?
- Vulgar, Slang to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on
Origin: Middle English eten ; from Old English etan, akin to German essen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ed-, to eat from source Classical Latin edere, Classical Greek edmenai
- to eat food; have a meal or meals
- to destroy or use up something gradually: often with into
- eater noun
eat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ate ate , eat·en , eat·ing, eats verb, transitive
- a. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.b. To take in and absorb as food: a plant that eats insects; a cell that eats bacteria.c. To include habitually or by preference in one's diet: a bird that eats insects, fruit, and seeds; stopped eating red meat on advice from her doctor.
- To destroy, ravage, or use up by or as if by ingesting: “Covering news in the field eats money” (George F. Will).
- To erode or corrode: waves that ate away the beach; an acid that eats the surface of a machine part.
- To produce by or as if by eating: Moths ate holes in our sweaters.
- Slang To absorb the cost or expense of: “You can eat your loss and switch the remaining money to other investment portfolios” (Marlys Harris).
- Informal To bother or annoy: What's eating him?
- Vulgar Slang To perform cunnilingus on. Often used with out.
- a. To consume food.b. To have or take a meal.
- To exercise a consuming or eroding effect: a drill that ate away at the rock; exorbitant expenses that were eating into profits.
- To cause persistent annoyance or distress: “How long will it be before the frustration eats at you?” (Howard Kaplan).
Origin: Middle English eten, from Old English etan; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
- eatˈer noun
eat - Medical Definition
- To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
- To consume, ravage, or destroy by or as if by ingesting, such as by a disease.
eat - Phrases/Idioms
eat one's words
- to have a meal in a restaurant
- Slang to reprimand
- to consume all of
- Informal to respond to with avid, uncritical interest or delight
eat (one's) heart out
- To feel bitter anguish or grief.
- To be consumed by jealousy.
eat (one's) words
eat out of (someone's) hand
eat (someone) alive