Devour definition

dĭ-vour
To eat or eat up hungrily, greedily, or voraciously.
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To consume or destroy with devastating force.
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To absorb completely; engross.

Devoured by curiosity.

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To swallow up; engulf.
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To devour is to eat or consume something very quickly.

An example of devour is when you eat your lunch really fast.

An example of devour is when you read novels the minute you get them.

An example of devour is when flames destroy a house.

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To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
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To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.

The fire was devouring the building.

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To take in avidly with the intellect.

She intended to devour the book.

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To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a destructive manner.

After the death of his wife, he was devoured by grief.

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To eat up greedily.
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To destroy, consume, or waste.

Flames devoured the structure in minutes.

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To take in eagerly.

Devour a novel.

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To take in greedily with the eyes, ears, or mind.

The child devours fairy tales.

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To preoccupy or obsess in a harmful way.

Was devoured by jealousy.

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Origin of devour

  • Middle English devouren from Old French devourer from Latin dēvorāre dē- de- vorāre to swallow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman devourer, Old French devorer (Modern French dévorer), from Latin dēvorō, from vorō.

    From Wiktionary