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eat (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to take in through the mouth as food ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
2.
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
3.
a) to consume gradually - corrode cars eaten away by rust
b) to consume with vexation - bother what's eating you now
4.
to enjoy eagerly or avidly - lap used with up it was an amazing performance and the crowd ate it up
5.
intransitive verb
usually vulgar to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on - often used with out
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 eating at her the controversy ate into his support
eat (noun)
something to eat - food usually used in plural
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
eat (verb)
1.
to take in as food
SYNONIMS:
consume, ingest, partake (of), put away, put down, tuck (away in)
RELATED WORDS:
digest, down, mouth (down), swallow; bolt, chow (down on), devour, glut (on), gobble (up down), gorge, gulp, scoff, slop, snarf (down), swill, wolf; chew, gnaw (at on), gum, lap, lick, nibble (on), nurse, pick (at); relish, savor ( savour), taste; banquet, dine, fare, feast, gormandize, pig out, regale; dispatch, polish off; breakfast, lunch, sup; munch, nosh, snack
eat (verb)
2.
to consume or wear away gradually
SYNONIMS:
bite (at), corrode, erode, fret, gnaw, nibble
RELATED WORDS:
break down, break up, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve; decimate, destroy, devastate, ruin, waste, wreck
NEAR ANTONYMS:
freshen, recreate, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, rejuvenate, renew, restore, revitalize, revive
eat (verb)
3.
to take a meal
SYNONIMS:
eat, fare, feed, partake, refresh, victual
RELATED WORDS:
banquet, feast, repast; chow (down), dig in; glut, gorge, gormandize, overeat, overfeed, pig out; graze, nibble, nosh, pick, snack; board, mess, dine out; breakfast, lunch, sup; picnic
NEAR ANTONYMS:
diet, fast
eat (verb)
4.
to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
SYNONIMS:
aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark, nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex
RELATED WORDS:
hassle, heckle; nag; inflame ( enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag ( ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage
NEAR ANTONYMS:
appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe
eat (verb)
1.
to receive or accept gladly or readily
SYNONIMS:
drink (in), eat (up), embrace, lap (up)
RELATED WORDS:
adopt, espouse, take up; greet, hail; enjoy, like, prefer; cherry-pick, choose, cull, decide (on), elect, handpick, name, opt (for), pick, select, single (out), take
NEAR ANTONYMS:
balk (at), decline, pass up, refuse, reject, spurn, throw over, turn down; demur (to), object (to)
eat (verb)
2.
to destroy all trace of
SYNONIMS:
devour, eat (up)
RELATED WORDS:
gut; deplete, drain, exhaust, expend, spend, use up; annihilate, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, pulverize, raze, ruin, shatter, smash, tear down, waste, wreck; annihilate, blot out, eradicate, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, obliterate, remove, rub out, stamp (out), wipe out
NEAR ANTONYMS:
conserve, preserve, protect, save; build, construct, erect, put up, raise
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