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verb (used with object), ate [eyt; especially British et] or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] , eaten or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] , eating.
to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).
to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode: The patient was eaten by disease and pain.
to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
to ravage or devastate: a forest eaten by fire.
to use up, especially wastefully; consume (often followed by up ): Unexpected expenses have been eating up their savings.
to absorb or pay for: The builder had to eat the cost of the repairs.
Slang: Vulgar. to perform cunnilingus or fellatio on.
verb (used without object), ate [eyt; especially British et] or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] , eaten or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] , eating.
to consume food; take a meal: We'll eat at six o'clock.
to make a way, as by gnawing or corrosion: Acid ate through the linoleum.
eats, Informal. food.
Verb phrases
eat away/into, to destroy gradually, as by erosion: For eons, the pounding waves ate away at the shoreline.
eat out, to have a meal at a restaurant rather than at home.
eat up,
to consume wholly.
to show enthusiasm for; take pleasure in: The audience ate up everything he said.
to believe without question.
be eating someone, Informal. to worry, annoy, or bother: Something seems to be eating him—he's been wearing a frown all day.
eat crow. crow1 ( def 7 ).
eat high off the hog. hog ( def 16 ).
eat humble pie. humble pie ( def 3 ).
eat in, to eat or dine at home.
eat one's heart out. heart ( def 26 ).
eat one's terms. term ( def 17 ).
eat one's words. word ( def 16 ).
eat out of one's hand. hand ( def 49 ).
eat someone out of house and home, to eat so much as to strain someone's resources of food or money: A group of hungry teenagers can eat you out of house and home.
eat someone's lunch, Slang. to thoroughly defeat, outdo, injure, etc.
eat the wind out of, Nautical. to blanket (a sailing vessel sailing close-hauled) by sailing close on the weather side of.

before 900; Middle English eten, Old English etan; cognate with German essen, Gothic itan, Latin edere

eater, noun
outeat, verb (used with object), outate, outeaten, outeating.
undereat, verb (used without object), underate, undereaten, undereating. Unabridged
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eat (iːt)
vb (often foll by into or through) , eats, eating, ate, eaten
1.  to take into the mouth and swallow (food, etc), esp after biting and chewing
2.  (tr; often foll by away or up) to destroy as if by eating: the damp had eaten away the woodwork
3.  (often foll by into) to use up or waste: taxes ate into his inheritance
4.  to make (a hole, passage, etc) by eating or gnawing: rats ate through the floor
5.  to take or have (a meal or meals): we always eat at six
6.  (tr) to include as part of one's diet: he doesn't eat fish
7.  informal (tr) to cause to worry; make anxious: what's eating you?
8.  slang (tr) to perform cunnilingus or fellatio upon
9.  informal I'll eat my hat if I will be greatly surprised if (something happens that proves me wrong)
10.  eat one's heart out to brood or pine with grief or longing
11.  eat one's words to take back something said; recant; retract
12.  eat out of someone's hand to be entirely obedient to someone
13.  eat someone out of house and home to ruin someone, esp one's parent or one's host, by consuming all his food
[Old English etan; related to Gothic itan, Old High German ezzan, Latin edere, Greek edein, Sanskrit admi]

abbreviation for
Tanzania (international car registration)
[from E(ast) A(frica) T(anganyika) or E(ast) A(frica) Z(anzibar)]
abbreviation for
[from E(ast) A(frica) T(anganyika) or E(ast) A(frica) Z(anzibar)]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, pp. eten), from P.Gmc. *etanan (cf. O.N. eta, Goth. itan, Ger. essen), from PIE base *ed- "to eat" (see edible). Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross"
(as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.
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eat (ēt)
v. ate (āt), eat·en (ēt'n), eat·ing, eats

  1. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.

  2. To consume, ravage, or destroy by or as if by ingesting, such as by a disease.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. earnings after taxes

  2. Tanzania (international vehicle ID)

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