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eat

eat

pronunciation:
it
phrases:
eat one's words
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part of speech: verb
inflections: eats, eating, ate, eaten
definition 1: to put into the mouth, chew, and swallow.
We will eat soup and sandwiches for lunch.
 
synonyms:
consume, swallow
similar words:
bite, chew, devour, take
definition 2: to destroy through wearing away.
Rust eats metal.
synonyms:
corrode, wear
similar words:
bite, consume, decay, gnaw, rot, rust
definition 3: to use up.
One trip to the comic book store ate his entire allowance.
synonyms:
consume, devour, swallow
similar words:
chew, gnaw, run out of
definition 4: to bother or disturb.
What's eating them?
synonyms:
bother, bug, trouble
similar words:
annoy, disturb
phrase: eat one's words
derivation: eater (n.)
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