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eat

eat

 
pronunciation:
it
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
eat one's words, eat up
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: eats, eating, ate, eaten
definition 1: to consume (food) through the mouth.
I only eat toast in the morning, so I'm quite hungry by lunchtime.Some of my friends don't eat meat.
 
synonyms:
consume, ingest, swallow
similar words:
bite, chew, devour, sup, take, touch
definition 2: to destroy through wearing away; corrode.
Rust eats metal.
synonyms:
corrode, deteriorate, wear
similar words:
bite, consume, decay, gnaw, rot, rust
definition 3: to ravage or consume in the manner of eating.
Our whole budget was eaten by unexpected expenses.
synonyms:
consume, devour, swallow
similar words:
chew, gnaw, ravage, run out of
definition 4: to bother or disturb.
What's eating him? He hasn't said a word to anyone all morning.
synonyms:
bother, bug, gnaw, trouble
similar words:
annoy, disturb, vex
definition 5: (informal) to bear the cost of.
Since his roommate just up and left, he had to eat all the expenses of the apartment by himself.
similar words:
bear, endure, write off
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to partake of food.
The patient is able to eat now and is feeling much better.I was eating, so I told her I'd call her back.
synonyms:
fare, feed, sup
antonyms:
fast
similar words:
bite, diet, dine, partake, swallow
definition 2: to corrode.
Rust ate through the metal.
synonyms:
corrode
similar words:
decay, gnaw, rot, rust, waste, wear
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phrase: eat one's words
phrase: eat up
derivation: eater (n.)
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