Eat meaning

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To exercise a consuming or eroding effect.

A drill that ate away at the rock; exorbitant expenses that were eating into profits.

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(slang) To worry or bother.

What's eating him?

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To produce by eating.

Moths ate holes in our sweaters.

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To cause persistent annoyance or distress.
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(informal) To absorb (a financial loss); accept responsibility for losses resulting from (unsold goods, bad debts, etc.)
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(informal) To bother or annoy.

What's eating him?

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To erode or corrode.

Waves that ate away the beach; an acid that eats the surface of a machine part.

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(slang) To absorb the cost or expense of.
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To destroy, ravage, or use up by or as if by ingesting.
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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 penetrate and destroy, as acid does; corrode.
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To make by or as by eating.

The acid ate holes in the cloth.

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To bring into a specified condition by eating.

To eat oneself sick.

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To eat food; have a meal or meals.
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To destroy or use up something gradually.
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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 consume a meal.

What time do we eat this evening?

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(intransitive, ergative) To be eaten.

The soup that eats like a meal.

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To destroy, consume, or use up.

This project is eating up all the money.

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(informal) To cause (someone) to worry.

What’s eating you?

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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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(intransitive) To corrode or erode.

The acid rain ate away the statue.

The strong acid eats through the metal.

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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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To put (food) in the mouth, chew if necessary, and swallow.
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To use up, devour, destroy, or waste as by eating; consume or ravage.
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eat crow
  • To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
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eat (one's) heart out
  • To feel bitter anguish or grief.
  • To be consumed by jealousy.
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eat (one's) words
  • To retract something that one has said.
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eat out of (someone's) hand
  • To be manipulated or dominated by another.
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(slang) eat (someone) alive
  • To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly:
    An inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
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eat one's words
  • to retract something said earlier
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eat out
  • to have a meal in a restaurant
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eat someone out
  • to rebuke; reprimand
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eat up
  • to consume all of
  • to respond to with avid, uncritical interest or delight
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Origin of eat

  • Middle English eten from Old English etan ed- in Indo-European roots

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary