verb ( ate , or, Archaic, eat ; eaten , or, Archaic, eat ; eating )
-- verb (t)
1. to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; especially to masticate and swallow, as solid food.
2. to consume by or as by devouring.
3. to ravage or devastate.
4. to wear or waste away; corrode.
5. to make (a hole, passage, etc.) as by gnawing or corrosion.
6. Colloquial to cause to worry; trouble: What's eating you?
7. Colloquial to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
-- verb (i)
8. to consume food; take a meal.
9. to make a way as by gnawing or corrosion.
10. to be eatable; taste: these pears eat well.
11. ( plural ) Colloquial food.
12. eat fit to bust, to eat with good appetite.
13. eat into, to remove gradually; erode.
14. eat one's heart out, to pine.
15. eat one's words, to take back what one has said.
16. eat out, to dine away from one's home at a restaurant, club, hotel, etc.
17. eat out of someone's hand, to be uncritically compliant and trusting, often in a servile or sycophantic manner.
[ME eten, OE etan, c. G essen, akin to L edere, Greek Údein ]