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”

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”


(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”


(verb) take in solid food; “She was eating a banana”; “What did you eat for dinner last night?”

feed, eat

(verb) take in food; used of animals only; “This dog doesn’t eat certain kinds of meat”; “What do whales eat?”

eat, eat on

(verb) worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; “What’s eating you?”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



eat (third-person singular simple present eats, present participle eating, simple past (dialectal) et or (obsolete) eat or ate, past participle (dialectal) etten or eaten)

To ingest; to be ingested.

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

(intransitive) To consume a meal.

(intransitive, ergative) To be eaten.

To use up.

(transitive) To destroy, consume, or use up.

(transitive, informal, of a device) To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.

(transitive, informal, of a vending machine or similar device) 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.

(transitive, informal) To cause (someone) to worry.

(transitive, business) To take the loss in a transaction.

(transitive, slang) To be injured or killed by (something such as a firearm or its projectile), especially in the mouth.

(ambitransitive) To corrode or erode.

(transitive, slang) To perform oral sex (on a person or body part).


• (consume): consume, swallow; see also eat

• (cause to worry): bother, disturb, worry

• (eat a meal): dine, breakfast, chow down, feed one's face, have one's breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper/tea, lunch


eat (plural eats)

(colloquial) Something to be eaten; a meal; a food item.


• -ate, AET, Até, Atë, ETA, TEA, Tea, a.e.t., aet, ate, eta, tea, æt.

Source: Wiktionary

Eat, v. t. [imp. Ate, Obsolescent & Colloq. Eat (; p. p. Eaten, Obs. or Colloq. Eat (p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] Etym: [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. äta, Dan. æde, Goth. itan, Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. ad. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]

1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. "To eat grass as oxen." Dan. iv. 25. They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. Ps. cvi. 28. The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine. Gen. xli. 20. The lion had not eaten the carcass. 1 Kings xiii. 28. With stories told of many a feat, How fairy Mab junkets eat. Milton. The island princes overbold Have eat our substance. Tennyson. His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages. Thackeray.

2. 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. To eat humble pie. See under Humble.

– To eat of (partitive use). "Eat of the bread that can not waste." Keble.

– To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the Citation under Blurt.) -- To eat out, to consume completely. "Eat out the heart and comfort of it." Tillotson.

– To eat the wind out of a vessel (Naut.), to gain slowly to windward of her.


– To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

Eat, v. i.

1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board. He did eat continually at the king's table. 2 Sam. ix. 13.

2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.

3. To make one's way slowly. To eat, To eat in or into, to make way by corrosion; to gnaw; to consume. "A sword laid by, which eats into itself." Byron.

– To eat to windward (Naut.), to keep the course when closehauled with but little steering; -- said of a vessel.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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