Eat definitions

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To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
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To take in and absorb as food.

A plant that eats insects; a cell that eats bacteria.

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To include habitually or by preference in one's diet.

A bird that eats insects, fruit, and seeds; started eating less red meat on advice from my doctor.

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(intransitive) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.

He’s eating an apple.

Don’t disturb me now; can't you see that I’m eating?

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To destroy, consume, or use up.

This project is eating up all the money.

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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.

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​ To consume a meal.

What time do we eat this evening?

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(informal) To cause (someone) to worry.

What’s eating you?

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(intransitive, ergative) To be eaten.

The soup that eats like a meal.

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(business) To take the loss in a transaction.

It’s a special order, so we can’t send it back; if the customer won’t accept it, we’ll have to eat the forty tons of steel ourselves.

I have to have him in court tomorrow, if he doesn't show up, I forfeit the bond and I have to eat the $300,000 – From the movie Midnight Run.

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(informal, of an device) To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.

The VHS recorder just ate the tape and won't spit it out.

John is late for the meeting because the photocopier ate his report.

No! There's a problem with the cassette player. Don't press fast forward or it eats the tape! - Bruce Willis in the movie The Last Boy Scout.

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(informal, of a vending machine or similar device) To consume money or (other instruments of value, such as a token) deposited or inserted by a user, while failing to either provide the intended product or service, or return the payment.

The video game in the corner just ate my quarter.

Hey! This stupid [soda vending] machine ate my quarter. - From the movie Slap Shot.

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(informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on someone.

Eat me!

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(intransitive) To corrode or erode.

The acid rain ate away the statue.

The strong acid eats through the metal.

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Origin of eat

From Middle English eten, from Old English etan (“to eat”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with Scots aet (“to eat”), West Frisian ite, Low German eten (“to eat”), Dutch eten (“to eat”), German essen (“to eat”), Swedish äta (“to eat”), Danish æde (“to eat”), and more distantly with Latin edō (“eat”, verb), Ancient Greek ἔδω (edō), Russian есть (jest', “to eat”), and Lithuanian ėsti.