|1.||[ verb ] (food) take in solid food|
"She was eating a banana" "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
|Related terms:||consume devour eat_up nibble wash_down gobble peck dunk fill_up pitch_in slurp devour pick_at smack gobble_up wolf nibble gluttonize smack ruminate fare feed eating eater swallow chew|
|2.||[ verb ] (politics,food) 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"
|Related terms:||consume dine breakfast lunch picnic gorge feast nosh victual eat_out victual mess brunch break_bread eat_in take_away eat_up eat_out eat_in eater|
|3.||[ verb ] (food) take in food; used of animals only|
: "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat" "What do whales eat?"
|Related terms:||consume crop victual suckle forage raven eating|
|4.||[ verb ] use up, as of resources or materials|
|Synonyms:||exhaust use_up eat_up wipe_out run_through deplete consume|
"this car consumes a lot of gas" "We exhausted our savings" "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
|Related terms:||spend spend drain burn_off run_down indulge run_out take exhaustion|
|5.||[ verb ] worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way|
: "What's eating you?"
|6.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||damage corrode rust corrosion|