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definition of the word eat

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Old English etan, from Proto-Germanic *itan-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed-. Cognate with Scots aet, Dutch eten, German essen, and Swedish äta, and (from IE) with Ancient Greek ἔδω (edō), Latin edō, Russian ем, and Lithuanian ésti.

to eat

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to eat (third-person singular simple present eats, present participle eating, simple past ate, past participle eaten)

  1. (ambitransitive) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
    He’s eating an apple.
    Don’t disturb me now; can't you see that I’m eating?
  2. (intransitive) To consume a meal.
    What time do we eat this evening?
  3. (intransitive, ergative) To be eaten.
    The soup that eats like a meal.
  4. (transitive) To destroy, consume, or use up
    This project is eating up all the money.
  5. (transitive, informal) To cause (someone) to worry.
    What’s eating you?
  6. (transitive, business) To take the loss in a transaction.
    It’s a special order, so we can’t send it back; if the customer won’t accept it, we’ll have to eat the forty tons of steel ourselves.
  7. (ambitransitive) To corrode or erode.
    The acid rain ate away the statue.
    The strong acid eats through the metal.

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