What does ate mean?

Definitions for ate
ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ tiate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Atenoun

    goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Atethe preterite of eat.

    And by his side, his steed the grassy forage ate. Fairy Q.

    Even our first parents ate themselves out of paradise; and Job’s children junketted and feasted together often. South.


  1. ate

    Ate is the past tense of the verb "eat," which means to consume food or ingest something as nourishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ate

    the preterit of Eat

  2. Atenoun

    the goddess of mischievous folly; also, in later poets, the goddess of vengeance

  3. Ate

    of Eat

  4. Etymology: [Gr. .]


  1. Atë

    Atë, Até or Aite is the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly. Até also refers to the action performed by the hero, usually because of hubris, that often leads to his or her death or downfall. Her parents were Zeus and Hera. In Homer's Iliad she is called eldest daughter of Zeus with no mother mentioned. On Hera's instigation she used her influence over Zeus so that he swore an oath that on that day a mortal descended from him would be born who would be a great ruler. Hera immediately arranged to delay the birth of Heracles and to bring forth Eurystheus prematurely. In anger Zeus threw Atë down to earth forever, forbidding that she ever return to heaven or to Mt. Olympus. Atë then wandered about, treading on the heads of men rather than on the earth, wreaking havoc on mortals. The Litae follow after her but Atë is fast and far outruns them. The Bibliotheca claims that when thrown down by Zeus, Atë landed on a peak in Phrygia called by her name. There Ilus later, following a cow, founded the city of Ilion, known as Troy. This flourish is chronologically at odds with Homer's dating of Atë's fall. In Hesiod's Theogony the mother of Atë is Eris, with no father mentioned.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ate

    et, or āt, pa.t. of Eat.

  2. Ate

    ā′tē, n. (myth.) the goddess of mischief and of all rash actions and their results. [Gr.]

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  1. Ate

    (A′te). The goddess of revenge, also called the goddess of discord and all evil. She was banished from heaven by her father Jupiter.

    “With Ate by his side come hot from hell.” (Shakespeare.)

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3533

Anagrams for ate »

  1. a.e.t.

  2. eat

  3. ETA

  4. eta

  5. TEA

  6. tea

  7. tae

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ate in a Sentence

  1. Angela Fout:

    Growing up in Lebanon, we ate yogurt for breakfast, we ate it as a snack, we ate it for dinner, when I think of yogurt, I don’t associate it with sweets the way most Americans do.

  2. Charles Kingsley:

    It's all in the day's work, as the huntsman said when the lion ate him.

  3. John F. Kennedy:

    ...probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    Who never ate his bread in sorrow, Who never spent the darksome hours Weeping, and watching for the morrow,-- He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.

  5. Tommy Cooper:

    Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.

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