Meaning of EAT in English


I. ˈēt verb

( ate ˈāt, dial or Brit ˈet ; eat·en ˈē-t ə n ; eat·ing )

Etymology: Middle English eten, from Old English etan; akin to Old High German ezzan to eat, Latin edere, Greek edmenai

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to take in through the mouth as food : ingest, chew, and swallow in turn


a. : to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating

expenses ate up the profits

gadgets that eat up too much space

b. : to bear the expense of : take a loss on

the team was forced to eat the rest of his contract


a. : to consume gradually : corrode

cars eaten away by rust

b. : to consume with vexation : bother

what's eat ing you now

4. : to enjoy eagerly or avidly : lap — used with up

it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up

5. usually vulgar : to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on — often used with out

intransitive verb

1. : to take food or a meal

2. : to affect something by gradual destruction or consumption — usually used with into, away, or at

the loss was really eat ing at her

the controversy ate into his support

• eat·er noun

- eat alive

- eat one out of house and home

- eat one's heart out

- eat one's words

- eat out of one's hand

- eat someone's lunch

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English et, from Old English ǣt; akin to Old High German āz food; derivative from the root of eat (I)

Date: before 12th century

: something to eat : food — usually used in plural

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