Definition of


  1. (verb, consumption) take in solid food
    What did you eat for dinner last night?
  2. (verb, consumption) eat a meal; take a meal
    I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation
  3. (verb, consumption) take in food; used of animals only
    What do whales eat?
  4. (verb, emotion) worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
  5. (verb, consumption) use up (resources or materials)
    We exhausted our savings
    They run through 20 bottles of wine a week
  6. (verb, change) cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
    The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Eat

  1. O.E. etan (class V strong verb; past tense ?t, pp. eten), from P.Gmc. *etanan (cf. O.N. eta, Goth. itan, Ger. essen), from PIE base *ed- "to eat" (see edible). Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Eat

eat at, eat away, eat out, ed, edd, edda, eddo, eddy, edit, edit out, edited, edo, edta, edwy, eta, etd, etude, etui, eye tooth, eyed, eyetooth

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