Definitions for devourdɪˈvaʊr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to swallow or eat up hungrily.

  2. to consume destructively; demolish:

    Fire devoured the museum.

  3. to take in greedily with the senses or intellect:

    to devour a book.

  4. 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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. devour(verb)

    destroy completely

    "Fire had devoured our home"

  2. devour(verb)

    enjoy avidly

    "She devoured his novels"

  3. devour, down, consume, go through(verb)

    eat immoderately

    "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"

  4. devour, guttle, raven, pig(verb)

    eat greedily

    "he devoured three sandwiches"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. devour(verb)ɪˈvaʊr

    to eat quickly or hungrily

    He devoured three bowls of pasta.

  2. devourɪˈvaʊr

    to read or watch with great enthusiasm

    She devoured all the Harry Potter novels.

  3. devourɪˈvaʊr

    (of an emotion) to fill sb completely

    He was devoured by guilt.


  1. devour(Verb)

    To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.

  2. devour(Verb)

    To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.

    The fire was devouring the building.

  3. devour(Verb)

    To take in avidly with the intellect.

    She intended to devour the book.

  4. devour(Verb)

    To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a destructive manner.

    After the death of his wife, he was devoured by grief.

  5. Origin: devourer, devorer (Modern French dévorer), from devoro, from voro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devour(verb)

    to eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon

  2. Devour(verb)

    to seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate

  3. Devour(verb)

    to enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses


  1. Devour

    Devour is a 2005 horror film directed by David Winkler.

Translations for devour

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to eat up greedily

The young zebra was devoured by a lion; She devoured the chocolates.

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