Variant of eat
- 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
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