Meaning of EAT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ i:t ]

( eats, eating, ate, eaten)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


When you eat something, you put it into your mouth, chew it, and swallow it.

She was eating a sandwich...

We took our time and ate slowly.

VERB : V n , V


If you eat sensibly or healthily, you eat food that is good for you.

...a campaign to persuade people to eat more healthily.

VERB : V adv


If you eat , you have a meal.

Let’s go out to eat...

We ate lunch together a few times.

VERB : V , V n


If something is eating you, it is annoying or worrying you. ( INFORMAL )

‘What the hell’s eating you?’ he demanded.

VERB : only cont , V n


If you have someone eating out of your hand , they are completely under your control.

She usually has the press eating out of her hand.

PHRASE : V and N inflect


to have your cake and eat it: see cake

dog eat dog: see dog

to eat humble pie: see humble

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