eat

If you leave an antique flowerpot outside all winter, the snow and rain might eat the paint, making it look even older than it is.

You probably know that eat means "to consume food," because you do that several times a day. But we also use the verb eat for other situations involving using something up or wearing it down. If your art project eats up all your art supplies, that means you don't have any left. Leaving your car lights on will eat through your battery. Something eating away at us is worrying us. Don't let money stress eat away at your happiness.

Primary Meanings of eat

1.
v
take in solid food
2.
v
use up (resources or materials)
3.
v
cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
4.
v
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
Full Definitions of eat
1

v take in solid food

“She was eating a banana”
“What did you eat for dinner last night?”
Synonyms:
feed
take in food; used of animals only
Types:
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wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
eat a lot and without restraint
wolf, wolf down
eat hastily
slurp
eat noisily
fare
eat well
dig in, pitch in
eat heartily
peck, peck at, pick at
eat like a bird
peck, pick up
eat by pecking at, like a bird
bolt, gobble
eat hastily without proper chewing
bolt down, garbage down, gobble up, shovel in
eat a large amount of food quickly
nibble, pick, piece
eat intermittently; take small bites of
ruminate
chew the cuds
dip, dunk
dip into a liquid while eating
devour, guttle, pig, raven
eat greedily
eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
consume, devour, down, go through
eat immoderately
fill, fill up
eat until one is sated
put away, tuck away, tuck in
eat up; usually refers to a considerable quantity of food
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v take in food; used of animals only

“This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat”
“What do whales eat?”
Synonyms:
feed
Types:
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forage
wander and feed
raven
feed greedily
suckle
suck milk from the mother's breasts
browse, crop, graze, pasture, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture
predate, prey, raven
prey on or hunt for
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v eat a meal; take a meal

“We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls”
“I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation”
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take away, take out
buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food
victual
take in nourishment
dine in, eat in
eat at home
dine out, eat out
eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
dine
have supper; eat dinner
picnic
eat alfresco, in the open air
break bread
have a meal, usually with company
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly
mess
eat in a mess hall
lunch
take the midday meal
brunch
eat a meal in the late morning
breakfast
eat an early morning meal
banquet, feast, junket
partake in a feast or banquet
binge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out, stuff
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
eat a lot and without restraint
wolf, wolf down
eat hastily
slurp
eat noisily
fare
eat well
dig in, pitch in
eat heartily
peck, peck at, pick at
eat like a bird
peck, pick up
eat by pecking at, like a bird
bolt, gobble
eat hastily without proper chewing
bolt down, garbage down, gobble up, shovel in
eat a large amount of food quickly
nibble, pick, piece
eat intermittently; take small bites of
ruminate
chew the cuds
browse, graze
eat lightly, try different dishes
dip, dunk
dip into a liquid while eating
wine and dine
eat sumptuously
devour, guttle, pig, raven
eat greedily
eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
consume, devour, down, go through
eat immoderately
fill, fill up
eat until one is sated
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly
2

v use up (resources or materials)

Synonyms:
consume, deplete, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
occupy, take, use up
require (time or space)
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run out
exhaust the supply of
drain
deplete of resources
indulge, luxuriate
enjoy to excess
burn, burn off, burn up
use up (energy)
spend
spend completely
exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
deplete
surfeit
indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
overspend
spend more than available of (a budget)
underspend
spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out
3

v cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid

Synonyms:
corrode, rust
corrode, rust
become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon
4

v worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way

“What's eating you?”
Synonyms:
eat on
Type of:
vex, worry
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

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