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Meaning & Definition of Eat in English

English

Eat

/it/

verb

1. Take in solid food

  • "She was eating a banana"
  • "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
    synonym:
  • eat

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • eat

3. Take in food

  • Used of animals only
  • "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"
  • "What do whales eat?"
    synonym:
  • feed
  • ,
  • eat

4. Worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way

  • "What's eating you?"
    synonym:
  • eat
  • ,
  • eat on

5. Use up (resources or materials)

  • "This car consumes a lot of gas"
  • "We exhausted our savings"
  • "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
    synonym:
  • consume
  • ,
  • eat up
  • ,
  • use up
  • ,
  • eat
  • ,
  • deplete
  • ,
  • exhaust
  • ,
  • run through
  • ,
  • wipe out

6. Cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid

  • "The acid corroded the metal"
  • "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"
    synonym:
  • corrode
  • ,
  • eat
  • ,
  • rust

Examples of using

I eat sunflower seeds all day.
I can't eat any fruits in the mornings.
Do you feel like having a bite to eat?