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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


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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