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Definition 1: cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid - [verb of change]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The acid corroded the metal
  • The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink

Synonyms for eat in the sense of this definition

(eat is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

"The metal corroded" "The pipes rusted"

Definition 2: take in solid food - [verb of consumption]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(eat is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(... is a kind of eat ) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

"She polished off the remaining potatoes"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat greedily

"he devoured three sandwiches"

(... is a kind of eat ) chew the cuds

"cows ruminate"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat intermittently; take small bites of

"He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat a large amount of food quickly

"The children gobbled down most of the birthday cake"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat hastily without proper chewing

"Don't bolt your food!"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat by pecking at, like a bird

(... is a kind of eat ) eat like a bird

"The anorexic girl just picks at her food"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically

"She washed down her dinner with a bottle of red wine" "He washes down his worries with a nightly glass of whisky"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat until one is sated

"He filled up on turkey"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat a lot and without restraint

(... is a kind of eat ) eat hastily

"The teenager wolfed down the pizza"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat noisily

"He slurped his soup"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat well

(eat implies ...) chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth

"He jawed his bubble gum" "Chew your food and don't swallow it!" "The cows were masticating the grass"

(eat implies ...) pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

"Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) take in food; used of animals only

"This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat" "What do whales eat?"

Definition 3: eat a meal; take a meal - [verb of consumption]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(eat is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

(... is a kind of eat ) partake in a feast or banquet

(... is a kind of eat ) eat an early morning meal

"We breakfast at seven"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat a meal in the late morning

"We brunch in Sundays"

(... is a kind of eat ) take the midday meal

"At what time are you lunching?"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat in a mess hall

(... is a kind of eat ) eat a snack; eat lightly

"She never loses weight because she snacks between meals"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat heartily

"The food was placed on the table and the children pitched in"

(... is a kind of eat ) have a meal, usually with company

"The early Christian disciples broke bread together"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) take in solid food

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

(... is a kind of eat ) eat alfresco, in the open air

"We picnicked near the lake on this gorgeous Sunday"

(... is a kind of eat ) have supper; eat dinner

"We often dine with friends in this restaurant"

(... is a kind of eat ) eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home

(... is a kind of eat ) eat at home

(... is a kind of eat ) take in nourishment

(... is a kind of eat ) buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food

"We'll take out pizza, since I am too tired to cook"

(... is a kind of eat ) overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

"She stuffed herself at the dinner" "The kids binged on ice cream"

Definition 4: take in food; used of animals only - [verb of consumption]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat
  • What do whales eat?

Synonyms for eat in the sense of this definition

(eat is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

(... is a kind of eat ) wander and feed

"The animals forage in the woods"

(... is a kind of eat ) feed greedily

"The lions ravened the bodies"

(... is a kind of eat ) suck milk from the mother's breasts

"the infant was suckling happily"

(... is a kind of eat ) feed as in a meadow or pasture

"the herd was grazing"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) take in solid food

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

Definition 5: use up (resources or materials) - [verb of consumption]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this car consumes a lot of gas
  • We exhausted our savings
  • They run through 20 bottles of wine a week

Synonyms for eat in the sense of this definition

(eat is a kind of ...) pay out

"spend money"

(... is a kind of eat ) exhaust the supply of

"We ran out of time just as the discussion was getting interesting"

(... is a kind of eat ) deplete of resources

"The exercise class drains me of energy"

(... is a kind of eat ) enjoy to excess

"She indulges in ice cream"

(... is a kind of eat ) use up (energy)

"burn off calories through vigorous exercise"

(... is a kind of eat ) spend completely

"I spend my pocket money in two days"

(... is a kind of eat ) deplete

"exhaust one's savings" "We quickly played out our strength"

(eat has a similar meaning as ...) require (time or space)

"It took three hours to get to work this morning" "This event occupied a very short time"

Definition 6: worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way - [verb of emotion]

Samples where eat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What's eating you?

Synonyms for eat in the sense of this definition

(eat is a kind of ...) disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

"I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"

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