Definitions for devourdɪˈvaʊr
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to swallow or eat up hungrily.
to consume destructively; demolish:
Fire devoured the museum.
to take in greedily with the senses or intellect:
to devour a book.
to absorb or engross wholly:
a mind devoured by hatred.
Origin of devour:
1275–1325; ME < AF, OF devourer < L dēvorāre to swallow down =dē-de - +vorāre to eat up
"Fire had devoured our home"
"She devoured his novels"
devour, down, consume, go through(verb)
"Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
devour, guttle, raven, pig(verb)
"he devoured three sandwiches"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to eat quickly or hungrily
He devoured three bowls of pasta.
to read or watch with great enthusiasm
She devoured all the Harry Potter novels.
(of an emotion) to fill sb completely
He was devoured by guilt.
To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
The fire was devouring the building.
To take in avidly with the intellect.
She intended to devour the book.
To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a destructive manner.
After the death of his wife, he was devoured by grief.
Origin: devourer, devorer (Modern French dévorer), from devoro, from voro.
to eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon
to seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate
to enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses
Translations for devour
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to eat up greedily
The young zebra was devoured by a lion; She devoured the chocolates.
- verslind, kafdrafAfrikaans
- يَفْتَرِس، يَلْتَهِمArabic
- devorarPortuguese (BR)
- sežrat, zhltnoutCzech
- sluge; fortæreDanish
- nahka panemaEstonian
- بلعیدن؛ با ولع خوردنFarsi
- खाजाना, जल्दी-जल्दी और सूक्ष्मता से पढ़ना, बर्बाद करनाHindi
- éta, háma, gleypa í sigIcelandic
- 게걸스레 먹다Korean
- sluke, kaste i seg, fortæreNorwegian
- بلعیدن؛ با ولع خوردنPersian
- په حريصانه تو ګه ډوډۍ خوړل: ضايع كول، تباه كول، نا بودكولPashto
- a devora; a mânca cu lăcomieRomanian
- gövdeye indirmek, silip süpürmekTurkish
- 狼吞虎嚥Chinese (Trad.)
- пожирати; поглинатиUkrainian
- ăn ngấu ăn nghiếnVietnamese
- 狼吞虎咽Chinese (Simp.)
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