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Ate \A"te\, n. [Gr. ?.] (Greek. Myth.) The goddess of mischievous folly; also, in later poets, the goddess of vengeance.


Ate \Ate\ (?; 277), the preterit of Eat.


Eat \Eat\ ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. p. Eaten ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. ["a]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan, Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad. [root]6. Cf. 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 the junkets eat.

    The island princes overbold Have eat our substance.

    His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.

  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.''

    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.''

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

    Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate "infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief," which is of uncertain origin.


past tense of eat (q.v.).


vb. (en-simple pasteat)

  1. v. take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

  2. 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. take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?" [syn: feed]

  4. 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" [syn: consume, eat up, use up, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out]

  5. worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; "What's eating you?" [syn: eat on]

  6. 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" [syn: corrode, rust]

  7. [also: eaten, ate]


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Atë, Até or Aite ( or ; ) is the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly. Até also refers to the action performed by a hero, usually because of hubris, that often leads to his or her death or downfall. Mythology personifies Atë as the daughter either of Zeus or of Eris.


Ate or ATE may refer to:

  • 111 Ate, an asteroid
  • Association of Technical Employees, a trade union
  • Association Transports et Environnement, a sustainable public transport association in Switzerland.
  • Ate District in Lima, Peru
  • Ate Glow, Filipino comedian
  • Automated telephone exchange
  • Automatic test equipment, any apparatus that performs tests on a device, known as the Device Under Test (DUT) or Unit Under Test (UUT), using automation to quickly perform measurements and evaluate the test results
  • Average treatment effect, a measure used to compare treatments in experiments
  • ATEbank, a Greek bank
  • ATE, a manufacturer of automotive hydraulic brake systems and components, named after its founder, Alfred Teves. Now part of the German Continental AG
  • After the event insurance, a form of legal expenses insurance
  • Atë, in Greek mythology, the personification of ruin, folly, and delusion (goddess)
  • Ate-u-tiv, Tiv architecture
  • -ate, a derivative of a specified element or compound; especially a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ic
  • Active Training and Education Trust, a not-for-profit, educational trust, which provides residential holidays to children of a school age within the United Kingdom.
  • Ate, a kind of Mexican jelly made of many typical fruits

Usage examples of "ate".

Yet he abode with them long, and ate and drank amidst the hay with them till the moon shone brightly.

Nonetheless, our golden agouti vanished, stolen by someone who ate it, Father suspected.

Giving wide berth to the few steadings and inns that lay along the road, they kept up a steady pace for as long as Micum could stay in the saddle, slept in the open, and ate whatever Alec shot.

There, they ate lunch at a seafood shack on Almar Avenue, with outdoor tables, and went for a long walk along West Cliff Drive and out onto the ocean view point before heading back into San Francisco.

Bakker, the lowfeeding dinosaurs helped promote the success of angiosperms even while they ate them.

Curry played havoc with her digestive system and even as she ate it, enjoying the flavor, she made a mental note to take an antacid later.

Vincent could not get anything to eat, for nearly everyone in Arles ate at home.

During the day she ate with Aum, and during the evenings she sometimes accompanied him throughout the city, with a guard of Garwater yeomanry.

They said that the bandersnatch only scared him away, but I think that slimy son of a bitch ate him.

He knew the Baptist could not have much use for it, if the tales were true that he ate only the roots and nectar of the earth.

I can still taste the spicy, deep-fried fingers of speckled trout on a drive through Cajun country, the mountain of tiny grilled fishwithout an English name that we ate, head and all, on the Adriatic coast, the barbecued bluefish at the end of a Long Island summer, the little yellow perch we caught at sunset in Vermont and crisply panfried a few moments later.

The Indians ate for bread certain roots like the batata, either roasted or boiled, which, when the Spaniards tasted, they found them better eating and more sustaining than biscuit.

He ate blackberries along the hedges, minded the geese with a long switch, went haymaking during harvest, ran about in the woods, played hop-scotch under the church porch on rainy days, and at great fetes begged the beadle to let him toll the bells, that he might hang all his weight on the long rope and feel himself borne upward by it in its swing.

The three Corticellis unaccustomed to good fare and wine, ate like a troop, and began to get intoxicated.

I ate a lot of pub grub: bendy sausages, gingerbaked beans, a trough of cottage pie.