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English verb: eat up

1. eat up (consumption) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

SamplesShe polished off the remaining potatoes.

ExamplesThey eat up more bread

Synonymsfinish, polish off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat

Narrower (hyponym)put away, tuck away, tuck in

2. eat up (consumption) use up (resources or materials)

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

ExamplesThey eat up more bread

Synonymsconsume, deplete, eat, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)burn, burn off, burn up, drain, exhaust, indulge, luxuriate, play out, run down, run out, sap, spend, tire

Verb groupoccupy, take, use up

3. eat up (contact) enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

SamplesThe huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter.

Synonymsbury, immerse, swallow, swallow up

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)close in, enclose, inclose, shut in

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