What does eat mean?

Definitions for eat
it; eɪt; esp. Brit. ɛt; ˈit neat

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word eat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. eat(verb)

    take in solid food

    "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

  2. eat(verb)

    eat a meal; take a meal

    "We 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"

  3. feed, eat(verb)

    take in food; used of animals only

    "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"

  4. eat, eat on(verb)

    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way

    "What's eating you?"

  5. consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out(verb)

    use up (resources or materials)

    "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"

  6. corrode, eat, rust(verb)

    cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid

    "The acid corroded the metal"; "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"


  1. eat(Verb)

    To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.

  2. eat(Verb)

    To consume a meal.

    What time do we eat this evening?

  3. eat(Verb)

    To be eaten.

    The soup that eats like a meal.

  4. eat(Verb)

    To destroy, consume, or use up.

    This project is eating up all the money.

  5. eat(Verb)

    To cause (someone) to worry.

    What's eating you?

  6. eat(Verb)

    To take the loss in a transaction.

  7. eat(Verb)

    To corrode or erode.

  8. eat(Verb)

    To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.

  9. eat(Verb)

    To consume money or (other instruments of value, such as a token) deposited or inserted by a user, while failing to either provide the intended product or service, or return the payment.

  10. eat(Verb)

    To perform oral sex on someone.

    Eat me!

  11. Origin: From eten, from etan, from etanan, from h₁ed-. Cognate with Scots aet, Dutch eten, German essen, Swedish äta, Latin edo, Ancient Greek ἔδω, Russian есть, and Lithuanian esti.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eat

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  2. Eat

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  3. Eat(verb)

    to chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread

  4. Eat(verb)

    to corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to cause to disappear

  5. Eat(verb)

    to take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board

  6. Eat(verb)

    to taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef

  7. Eat(verb)

    to make one's way slowly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eat

    ēt, v.t. to chew and swallow: to consume: to corrode.—v.i. to take food:—pr.p. eat′ing; pa.t. ate (āt or et); pa.p. eaten (ētn) or (obs.) eat (et).—adj. Eat′able, fit to be eaten.—n. anything used as food (chiefly pl.).—ns. Eat′age, grass or fodder for horses, &c.: the right to eat; Eat′er, one who, or that which, eats or corrodes; Eat′ing, the act of taking food.—p.adj. that eats: corroding.—ns. Eat′ing-house, a place where provisions are sold ready dressed: a restaurant; Good′-eat′ing, something good for food.—Eat away, to destroy gradually: to gnaw; Eat in, used of the action of acid; Eat its head off, used of an animal which costs as much for food as it is worth; Eat one's heart, to pine away, brooding over misfortune; Eat one's terms, to study for the bar, with allusion to the number of times in a term that a student must dine in the hall of an Inn of Court; Eat one's words, to retract: to recant; Eat out, to finish eatables: to encroach upon; Eat the air (Shak.) to be deluded with hopes; Eat up, to devour: to consume, absorb; Eat well, to have a good appetite. [A.S. etan; cf. Ger. essen, Ice. eta, L. edĕre, Gr. edein.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. eat

    1. To prolong pain; to satisfy the anticipatory pleasure of hunger; to deliberately plan the contamination of the drinking-water of a people. 2. The demagogic demands of the belly. 3. A sinful or extravagant act among the destitute. 4. A sacred rite among the rich. 5. An artificial aid to conversation and the repetition of threadbare stories, generally off-color.

Editors Contribution

  1. eat

    The act or process of an animal or person to put food in their mouth.

    Only sometimes during the day do we feel the need to eat.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 28, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1707

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #515

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eat' in Verbs Frequency: #158

Anagrams for eat »

  1. a.e.t., ate, ETA, eta, TEA, tea

How to pronounce eat?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say eat in sign language?

  1. eat


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eat in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of eat in a Sentence

  1. Robert Louis Stevenson:

    The friendly cow all red and white, I love with all my heart: She gives me cream with all her might; to eat with apple tart.

  2. Sharuf Khan:

    Brokers told our relatives to send the money and beat us when we were on the phone. They're very bad people, there's little to eat here. Some people starve. Many are sick.

  3. J. K. Rowling:

    The best of us must sometimes eat our words.

  4. Gary Schnitkey:

    There still is a fixed cost out there no matter what you do, so the incentive is to go out there and get the variable cost covered and eat into the fixed cost.

  5. Yang Yuhua:

    Dogs are man's best, the most loyal friend. How could we eat our friends? You tell me.

Images & Illustrations of eat

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