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English verb: eat

1. eat (consumption) take in solid food


SamplesShe was eating a banana.
What did you eat for dinner last night?.


ExamplesThey eat more bread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consume, eat, have, ingest, take, take in


Narrower (hyponym)bolt, bolt down, consume, devour, devour, dig in, dip, down, dunk, eat up, fare, fill, fill up, finish, fress, garbage down, gluttonise, gluttonize, go through, gobble, gobble up, guttle, nibble, peck, peck, peck at, pick, pick at, pick up, piece, pig, pitch in, polish off, raven, ruminate, shovel in, slurp, wash down, wolf, wolf down


Entailchew, get down, jaw, manducate, masticate, swallow


Verb groupeat, eat, feed

2. eat (consumption) eat a meal; take a meal


SamplesWe 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.


ExamplesSam and Sue eat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in


Narrower (hyponym)banquet, binge, break bread, breakfast, brunch, dine, dine in, dine out, eat, eat in, eat out, englut, engorge, feast, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, junket, lunch, mess, nosh, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, picnic, pig out, satiate, scarf out, snack, stuff, take away, take out, victual


Verb groupeat

3. eat (consumption) take in food; used of animals only


SamplesThis dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat.
What do whales eat?.


ExamplesThe animals eat


Synonymsfeed


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in


Narrower (hyponym)browse, crop, forage, graze, pasture, range, raven, suckle


Verb groupeat

4. eat (emotion) worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way


SamplesWhat's eating you?.


ExamplesThe bad news will eat him


Synonymseat on


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)vex, worry

5. eat (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 more bread


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


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


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

6. eat (change) cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid


SamplesThe acid corroded the metal.
The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink.


Synonymscorrode, rust


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)damage


Verb groupcorrode, rust









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