engorge

[en-gawrj]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), engorged, engorging.
1.
to swallow greedily; glut or gorge.
2.
Pathology. to congest with blood.

Origin:
1505–15; < Middle French engorger. See en-1, gorge

engorgement, noun
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engorge (ɪnˈɡɔːdʒ)
 
vb
1.  pathol to congest with blood
2.  to eat (food) ravenously or greedily
3.  to gorge (oneself); glut; satiate
 
en'gorgement
 
n

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engorge
1510s, from Fr. engorger, from en- + gorge "throat" (see gorge). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorgement.
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engorge en·gorge (ěn-gôrj')
v. en·gorged, en·gorg·ing, en·gorg·es
To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.


en·gorge'ment n.
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Example sentences
Capillaries engorge and begin to leak, causing the brain to swell.
The workers begin to engorge themselves on the honey reserve in preparation for a swarm.
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