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.

Definitions of eat
  1. verb
    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
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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 or drink 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, scarf
    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
  2. verb
    take in food; used of animals only
    “This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat”
    “What do whales eat?”
    synonyms: feed
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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
  3. verb
    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 or drink 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, scarf
    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
  4. verb
    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
  5. verb
    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
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    damage
    inflict damage upon
  6. verb
    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    “What's eating you?”
    synonyms: eat on
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    type of:
    vex, worry
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
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