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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devourverb

    destroy completely

    "Fire had devoured our home"

  2. devourverb

    enjoy avidly

    "She devoured his novels"

  3. devour, down, consume, go throughverb

    eat immoderately

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

  4. devour, guttle, raven, pigverb

    eat greedily

    "he devoured three sandwiches"


  1. devourverb

    To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.

  2. devourverb

    To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.

    The fire was devouring the building.

  3. devourverb

    To take in avidly with the intellect.

    She intended to devour the book.

  4. devourverb

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

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DEVOURverb

    Etymology: devoro, Latin.

    We will say some evil beast hath devoured him Gen. xxxvii.

    We’ve willing dames enough: there cannot be
    That vulture in you to devour so many
    As will to greatness dedicate themselves,
    Finding it so inclin’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    So looks the pent up lion o’er the wretch
    That trembles under his devouring paws. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth. Joel ii. 3.

    How dire a tempest from Mycenæ pour’d,
    Our plains, our temples, and our town devour’d;
    It was the waste of war. John Dryden, Æn. b. viii.

    Notwithstanding that Socrates lived in the time of this devouring pestilence at Athens, he never caught the least infection. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 195.

    He seemed in swiftness to devour the way William Shakespeare.

    Such a pleasure as grows fresher upon enjoyment; and though continually fed upon, yet is never devoured. South.

    Death stalks behind thee, and each flying hour
    Does some loose remnant of thy life devour. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devourverb

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

  2. Devourverb

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

  3. Devourverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Devour

    de-vowr′, v.t. to swallow greedily: to eat up: to consume or waste with violence or wantonness: to destroy: to gaze intently on.—n. Devour′er.—adj. Devour′ing.—adv. Devour′ingly.—n. Devour′ment. [O. Fr. devorer—L. devorārede, inten., and vorāre, to swallow. See Voracious.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of devour in a Sentence

  1. Henry Ward Beecher:

    The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.

  2. Proverb:

    The rich devour the poor, and the devil devours the rich and so both are devoured.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Not being collected inside is life inside. Fauna of wild instincts that devour each other. Flora of emotions and feelings. Romantic landscapes of impressions. Evolution of thinking in one century.

  4. Matthew Dube (at weed thumb):

    Personal power is the ability to stand on your two feet with a wide smile amid a plethora of universal circumstances that are ready to crush you or devour you.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Foolish people support often or always the photo bearing post of the self-seeker or most selfish individual on the social media by insanely thinking that this way they can fulfill via her/his contact or network their own vested-interest desire or wish, but those stupids do not realise that the same self-obsessed person is gonna even one day devour them as a fish or a sweet dish for self benefit or undue profit.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. lank
    • B. commensal
    • C. usurious
    • D. currish

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