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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
eat
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an eating disorder (=in which someone stops eating a normal amount of food)
▪ Eating disorders can be very difficult to treat.
an eating/dessert apple (=one which is sweet enough to eat)
▪ Use dessert apples for this recipe.
eat a meal
▪ When they had eaten their meal, they went out for a walk.
eat an apple
▪ Some people say that you should eat an apple every day.
eat at/in a restaurant (also dine at/in a restaurantformal)
▪ Have you eaten in this restaurant before?
eat fish
▪ You should eat more fish.
eat food
▪ He sat in the corner and ate his food.
eat lunch
▪ What time do you usually eat lunch?
eat meat
▪ I don't eat meat - I'm vegetarian.
▪ People are eating less meat these days.
eat/drink soup
▪ We chatted as we ate our spinach soup.
eaten supper
▪ Have you eaten supper?
eat/have a diet
▪ People in Mediterranean areas generally have a very good diet.
eating apple
eating disorder
eating/drinking habits (=the kinds of things you eat or drink regularly)
▪ You need to change your eating habits.
enough to do/eat etc
▪ Erica was worried that the children weren’t getting enough to eat.
good to eat/drink
▪ They have to learn which wild foods are good to eat.
have/eat breakfast
▪ Paul got up, washed and had breakfast.
have/eat dinner
▪ Why don't you come and have dinner with us?
healthy eating
▪ the importance of healthy eating
loads to do/see/eat etc
▪ There’s loads to see in Paris.
ready to use/eat etc
▪ The computer is now set up and ready to use.
safe to use/drink/eat etc
▪ The water is treated to make it safe to drink.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
away
▪ It looked misshapen in this light, almost as if something was eating away at it.
▪ Especially if you come upon one at night, all lit up, eating away under banks of lights miles from anywhere.
▪ We carefully watched the flame of the hour candle eating away the wax from ring to ring.
▪ Competition among team members eats away the very underpinnings of successful teamwork.
▪ The acid began to eat away at the edge of her tunic, the bottom strands of her curly hair.
▪ Then the insidious eating away of energy and self-esteem begins in earnest.
▪ She has Alzheimers Disease, which is eating away at her mind.
▪ In the intervening years, as property taxes ate away at their nest egg, their proposals for other developments fell flat.
properly
▪ People who eat properly feel good about themselves.
▪ She said she encouraged him to eat properly and start exercising.
▪ Without an audience, but with a very hungry tummy, it wasn't long before Suzy began to eat properly.
▪ The four found Mary and Reggie in the kitchen, eating properly off plates.
▪ When I was on my own I would feel sad and would not eat properly.
▪ Eat properly Eating well before and during pregnancy is very important.
▪ I guess I was fairly content - bored sometimes, but happy to be alive and eating properly.
▪ Students increasingly complained that they could not afford to eat properly.
too
▪ This sets a bad example to teenagers, many of whom are overweight and eat too much junk food.
▪ Persons who eat too much are called gluttons.
▪ So trying to break the habit actually increases the compulsion to smoke or to eat too much!
▪ The worries about the food, and I ate too much, and adjusting to the differences in food.
▪ If you are one of the majority of business executives, you probably eat too much and occasionally drink too much.
▪ The greatest danger, therefore, was in eating too much.
▪ The rich eat too much meat and suffer from chronic constipation, diseases of the bowel, gout, and bladder stones.
■ NOUN
apple
▪ It is rarely remarked that what she sought to gain from eating the apples was Knowledge.
▪ Then her eating of the red apple was premature; she had overreached herself.
▪ We sat down to eat our apples.
▪ In fact you can eat it like an apple, though the citron is most always candied.
▪ This reminds us of Adam and Eve in the bible and the disobedience of man when they ate the forbidden apple.
▪ I eat all the apple strudel.
▪ Commonsense told them that anyone could eat dozens of apples a day without suffering any permanent ill effect.
▪ I sat on the earth banking that looks out over the Muddy Creek and ate an apple.
bird
▪ The birds that ate the new weights showed no ill effects.
▪ Some people breed these birds to eat.
▪ By masquerading as poisonous insects, they avoid attacks from birds that might otherwise eat them.
▪ The bird will go to eat the seed - when it does, jump on it.
▪ The birds came to eat the wheat.
▪ Bacterial rotting often does not look much like mould. % % % q. Local birds tend to eat little black insects.
▪ If they was any, birds ate em.
bite
▪ Would he care to stay on for a bite to eat?
▪ Saguaros in bloom, the glare of a horned owl and javelinas rooting for a bite to eat.
▪ I cheekily went across to a detached cottage and asked if it was possible to get a bite to eat.
▪ They are about seven miles west of Larimore, and are headed into town for a bite to eat.
▪ The others went off to have a bite to eat before beginning their checks on the Sardinian shepherds they had picked out.
▪ Park-goers often wander into the restaurant for a bite to eat.
▪ As you are put immediately at ease, you settle down with a steaming cup of coffee and a bite to eat.
▪ Maybe Gray should invite his new coach out for a bite to eat.
bread
▪ I am too wasted to eat my bread.
▪ I finally got tired of it and vowed never to eat herbed bread again.
▪ Their reasoning is that, if people wanted pure carbohydrates, they would eat bread or pasta.
▪ She stopped cooking, and for days the boy and his sisters ate stale bread and tamarind jam by the spoonful.
▪ But I do not eat more bread and meat or, let us hope, drink more wine or spirits.
▪ The nutritive arguments still stand and I would not make a habit of eating lots of white bread.
breakfast
▪ Ten minutes later Doctor Jekyll had returned to his own shape and was sitting down, pretending to eat breakfast.
▪ You will be eating grape-nuts at breakfast next.
▪ He ate his breakfast at the Grill every morning of his life, desperate to get away from that barracuda.
▪ Neither she nor Nan ate a cooked breakfast.
▪ I would rather have boxed than ate breakfast.
▪ She ate me for breakfast and simply disappeared.
▪ Edusha ate her breakfast still wearing her bathrobe and her slippers.
cake
▪ You can have your cake and eat it; the only trouble is, you get fat.
▪ It is called having your cake and eating it, too.
▪ Noreen, frankly, wanted her cake and to eat it as well.
▪ In Yakima, Washington, people paid a dollar for all the cakes they could eat in a flapjack-eating contest.
▪ You can't have your cake and eat it.
▪ This is as close as I can come to having my pedagogical cake and eating it too.
▪ Women wanted their cake and to eat it too - they were getting more like men every day!
▪ I had my cake and ate it also.
child
▪ We're not talking about children eating deadly nightshade.
▪ The children ate organic foods from health food stores and from the garden at their home.
▪ She decided to make a fruit salad, and sat peeling and chopping as the children ate their tea.
▪ Pica Pica is when a child regularly and excessively eats inappropriate objects, such as dirt, coal, stones, fluffy materials.
▪ Studies reveal that school attendance and classroom performance improve when children eat breakfast.
▪ If red candies have a reinforcing flavor and green candies do not, the child takes and eats red candies.
▪ The overlap also allows the children to eat lunch in school and play together.
day
▪ You pin up a wall chart listing how many calories you eat each day.
▪ Men like to eat every day.
▪ Jones, 20, suffered sickness and diarrhoea and didn't eat for five days.
▪ Potatoes, on the other hand, we ate every other day.
▪ If possible eat on the same day that you buy them.
▪ Senior citizens eat lunch there every day.
▪ Did these people eat like this every day?
diet
▪ This was not the case in our patients, however, as they were eating a standard western diet.
▪ We end up overcompensating for our desires, eating more of the diet food than we should, looking for satisfaction.
▪ Many ailments which are blamed on old age could be avoided if everyone ate a healthy diet.
▪ People who lose weight and keep it off eat a low-fat diet with an occasional splurge.
▪ They should also be encouraged to take plenty of exercise and eat a good healthy diet.
▪ The women featured in the article are reducing their risk of chronic disease by exercising and by eating a balanced diet.
▪ Ulene tries to practice what he preaches, jogging and eating a low-fat diet.
dinner
▪ Keith smoked Dempster's cigars, ate his dinners.
▪ To the accompaniment of foghorns and buoy bells, beside a crackling fire, l slowly eat my dinner.
▪ Of the 3, 351 teens surveyed, 53 percent said they eat dinner with the family regularly.
▪ She ate dinner alone before a fire made of driftwood that sent salty blue flames leaping up the chimney.
▪ Why be skeptical when I could be eating a free dinner at a fancy restaurant?
▪ About a week later, the family sat at the small table eating dinner.
▪ She went to the table and ate some of her dinner, looking at him.
drink
▪ The harvesters stopped work, sat down and started to eat and drink.
▪ Chavez, at 33 and perhaps fighting for the last time, eats junk food, drinks beer and loves to party.
▪ I go somewhere else and eat junk food and drink junk wine.
▪ At the same time, I eat and drink.
▪ Be it an alacarte dinner or a quick snack, Mulliners is the place to eat, drink and be merry.
▪ Mr Reynolds admitted that he had been afraid to eat or drink because of the possible effects on his bowel and bladder.
▪ Even if we eat and drink well, we become sluggish inside without exercise to stimulate the metabolism.
▪ Don't eat or drink too many and don't snack on them during the day.
fish
▪ How big do they grow, and will they then eat larger fish?
▪ I recently ate raw fish with a sushi virgin.
▪ Instead, eat more fish, particularly oily fish such as mackerel. 9.
▪ They eat fish from streams polluted with chlorinated hydrocarbons.
▪ Why should they eat salt fish, when William and Joe commanded the seas?
▪ Then the Kuchas sat down and ate the fish in his honor.
▪ Although fairly peaceful, it will eat small fish like your Neons and Glowlights.
▪ It prefers live fishes, but it can be induced to eat cut fish and shrimp.
food
▪ How can I feed her nourishing food when she will eat nothing?
▪ Taco Bell: The burritos and fajitas are among the easiest foods to eat on the fly.
▪ She is concerned about the size of the portions of food I eat.
▪ Her secret, she said, is all the preservatives in the junk foods she eats.
▪ Even children suffer because of the inadequacy of the food they eat.
▪ It is, after all, merely another food amidst the dozens of foods we eat.
▪ He gave her food to eat, and watched her, while he quietly smoked a cigarette.
▪ The food they eat is not bought with money.
fruit
▪ You will eat the fruit of your labour; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
▪ One is not to eat fruits that have been plucked; one is to wait for the fruits to fall.
▪ You sometimes try to eat more fruit but the secret store of chocolate goes down just as fast.
▪ The small, round, dark blue skin invites instant eating, and the fruit is amazingly versatile on the table.
▪ Listen, if you don't want the Baywatch contract, just keep drinking loads of water and eat fruit.
▪ They were also the group who were least likely to eat fresh fruit.
heart
▪ Eric Clapton eat your heart out.
▪ Pablo Picasso, eat your heart out.
▪ Philip Schofield, eat your heart out.
▪ The square tango had to be seen to be believed - eat your hearts out, disco dancers!
▪ Kate is obviously eating her heart out for a colour changer and an intarsia carriage.
▪ Keith Floyd eat your heart out!!
lunch
▪ They ate lunch in a shady restaurant and then Leary went back to his flower-hung villa.
▪ After we eat a hearty lunch I begin my afternoon the normal way with my virgin pina colada.
▪ Members of the club joined in a wide range of activities and ate a healthy lunch at the Southlands Centre, Middlesbrough.
▪ What time does he eat lunch?
▪ I ate no lunch but drank solidly.
▪ Kayla had been a shy girl, who prayed before eating school lunch.
▪ We went to eat lunch in a restaurant frequented by poorly paid clerks and secretaries and, no doubt, messengers.
▪ Riker and I and Reacher and the gunner sat around the Huey and ate lunch.
meal
▪ Not that they were eating gourmet meals.
▪ I had not been sleeping at night, and at meals I could not eat.
▪ We spend much of our time buying food, planning meals and eating them.
▪ Presumably the sight of a red and blue meal puts you off eating it.
▪ Trade having been done, they settled to take the meal, to eat, to indicate their good intentions.
meat
▪ It is said that in the under 16 age group one in six no longer eats meat.
▪ Of all these horsemen, not a tenth, not even a twentieth eat meat on the march.
▪ The rich eat too much meat and suffer from chronic constipation, diseases of the bowel, gout, and bladder stones.
▪ I feel very confident eating meat here.
▪ In just one mouthful I ate three of their meat dishes and three of their loaves of bread.
▪ They did not eat meat on Fridays or practice artificial contraception.
▪ We can only afford to eat meat twice a week, the rest of the time it's beans and rice.
▪ Nor did any allergic reactions arise in those who ate the meat of animals who had been fed a gene-spliced soybean diet.
people
▪ Nine in 10 people eat too much fat - which can be a trigger of heart disease.
▪ Many people are timid about eating pork cooked less than well-done.
▪ It was a curious but inspiring sight: here were people who lived, ate and slept liberation.
▪ Inside, in a room reeking of incense, are people eating.
▪ And very few people eat a healthy, balanced diet.
▪ This amuses us, since people are glad to eat such flowers as cauliflower, broccoli, and artichokes.
▪ Slim people generally eat the same kinds of food that fatter people like to eat.
pie
▪ Come and take potluck eat humble pie whatever.
▪ It is estimated that three-quarters of the region's population eat pies regularly both at home and outside. 3.
▪ Then he ate meat pie and drank tea and could not recall a meal that tasted better.
▪ The Midlanders have been eating humble pie this season, though they deserve better fare.
sandwich
▪ I tried eating a sandwich with my second cup of tea and I just about managed it.
▪ Tony ate five or six sandwiches at a sitting, his hulking form dominating the counter.
▪ After a while, to Robbie's relief, Fen threw off his knapsack, suggesting they stop and eat their sandwiches.
▪ When she broke off the smoke, the Pilgrims had no fire, they sat around eating sandwiches and devilled eggs.
▪ My temper was further inflamed to find them happily eating the sandwiches.
▪ At noon they ate the sandwiches and then continued north through mostly open water.
▪ Later I called to him, and we ate our sandwiches together.
▪ Increasingly, people are eating sandwiches and pizzas on bagels.
■ VERB
begin
▪ Without an audience, but with a very hungry tummy, it wasn't long before Suzy began to eat properly.
▪ Very slowly the boy cut himself another slice and began to eat it.
▪ She took the box and began to eat.
▪ As he began to eat again he heard Donald move towards the cupboard.
▪ Madeleine picked up her fork and began to eat.
▪ Browning said he had few side effects during the treatment and began eating steaks after the second week of chemotherapy.
like
▪ Talk about the kinds of bread each likes - ways they like to eat it.
▪ Men like to eat every day.
▪ But it doesn't look like what I usually eat.
▪ I am so tired of corn-bread, which I never liked, that I eat it with tears in my eyes.
▪ He likes to eat out, or listen to concerts, or attend antiques fairs.
▪ We like to eat, and fat-free foods just give us license to eat even more.
▪ I often feel ill, and I don't like to eat much.
▪ I like eating here now better.
sit
▪ At Christmas the pressure to sit down and eat with others is immense.
▪ A meal maybe, where me and Halle and all the Sweet Home men sat down and ate something special.
▪ The family sits down to eat.
▪ As usual, after the first appreciative murmurs, we sat and ate our meal in silence.
▪ If he wants to sit outdoors sometimes or eat with us.
▪ He picks up sticks and sits down to eat them.
▪ We staked out a spot on the beach and sat on a blanket eating buttered spaghetti and fried bananas.
start
▪ The next day he started eating again.
▪ Then she sat down and started to eat.
▪ Once you start eating in a healthier way, good weight control should become much easier.
▪ Once they start eating on a piece of wood, however, they can get a little more difficult to spot.
▪ She had already started to retreat into eating when she felt upset.
▪ Den he start ta eat kids?
▪ I didn't realize how hungry I was until I started eating, and my plate was soon empty.
▪ I told her to stop reading and start eating.
stop
▪ But like Taller or Stillman, Ornish recommends that dieters stop eating an entire food group.
▪ He only stopped working when he ate or slept.
▪ Whenever I was excited, or very happy, or very upset, I stopped eating.
▪ He stopped eating to grin at me.
▪ It was supposed to make John stop eating.
▪ He usually stops eating for a couple of days but I talk him out of it.
▪ Batter Up Despite my best efforts, I could not stop eating the skinny fries that came with the combination.
want
▪ You do not want to wash, eat, think, plan, cope in any way.
▪ The tourists from Tokyo want to eat a lobster dinner at four in the afternoon.
▪ You feel hungry; you want to eat more; your muscles ache after exercise, so you miss a few sessions.
▪ How did she tell her servants what she wanted to eat?
▪ Did he want me to eat shit or the words stick in my throat and choke me?
▪ For most people, the sugary snacks simply add calories, while making you want to eat more.
▪ Never-ending telly, Mum's long face, and a turkey dinner that nobody wanted to eat, not even Henry.
▪ In Perrault, she wants to eat them herself.
watch
▪ To watch him eat, it makes me sick!
▪ She stopped watching maudlin movies and eating greasy ribs.
▪ He watched them eat and, listening to their carefree laughter, was content.
▪ They are talking, also eating oranges, and watching as the children eat theirs.
▪ She watched me eat for a while, mumbled something and left.
▪ He hated to watch people eat.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bite (to eat)
▪ Actually, he found it in the back of his throat, where it lodged after he took a bite.
▪ Examples: Apple shows an apple, with a bite taken out of it.
▪ I cheekily went across to a detached cottage and asked if it was possible to get a bite to eat.
▪ I took a bite out of the sandwich.
▪ Saguaros in bloom, the glare of a horned owl and javelinas rooting for a bite to eat.
▪ Seligson withdrew his candidacy and wrote a biting letter to Harleston.
▪ Very often it is this rod that gets a bite.
▪ Would he care to stay on for a bite to eat?
dog eat dog
▪ The media lead young people to believe that we live in a dog-eat-dog world.
eat heartily
▪ All through the meal he picked at his food, while Peter ate heartily with a quip about being a condemned man.
▪ Aunt Tossie, now in the full regalia of her widow's weeds, was eating heartily but in a subdued way.
▪ He always ate heartily on these occasions.
▪ Stephen took several and ate heartily.
▪ We ate heartily every night, we could afford croissants at breakfast, and we stopped scrounging for cigarettes.
eat humble pie
▪ Come and take potluck eat humble pie whatever.
▪ The Midlanders have been eating humble pie this season, though they deserve better fare.
eat/drink your fill
▪ Here the nomads water their flocks and the horses drink their fill when the tourists have dismounted.
▪ I stopped at some blackberry bushes and ate my fill.
▪ Menelaus gave them a courteous greeting and bade them eat their fill.
▪ There was still time for Frankie, if he was very quiet and very careful, to eat his fill.
▪ Why were those high-fibre eaters keeping slim even when they were eating their fill?
have your cake and eat it
▪ First, is it an ethical investment policy to encourage people to try to have their cake and eat it?
▪ It appears the Ministry men can have their cake and eat it ... but only if we let them.
▪ It seems as though the council wants to have its cake and eat it.
▪ That way he could have his cake and eat it too.
▪ The benefits of standardization are coupled with the capacity to respond to change-a way to have your cake and eat it too.
▪ They don't imagine they can have their cake and eat it too.
▪ You can't have your cake and eat it.
▪ You can have your cake and eat it; the only trouble is, you get fat.
something to eat/drink/read/do etc
▪ But he was walking to a truck stop across the street, probably getting something to eat during his break.
▪ It had something to do with being a man.
▪ It had something to do with skills, and something to do with expectation and hope.
▪ Most calendar programs remind you gently when you have something to do.
▪ No, you can't dash out for something to eat.
▪ Of course, the beer might have had something to do with this.
▪ Then I rolled up my things in a blanket and went out and had something to eat.
▪ You've done it a thousand times already, but you do it again, just for something to do.
the proof of the pudding (is in the eating)
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Eat your dinner.
▪ Don't eat so fast - you'll get sick.
▪ Hey! - Someone's eaten all my chocolates.
▪ I'm not hungry, thanks - I've already eaten.
▪ I'm so full. I couldn't eat another thing.
▪ She was sitting on the wall, eating an apple.
▪ That big old car of mine just eats money.
▪ We ate dinner at around six, then went out.
▪ We eat out about once a month.
▪ We usually eat at seven o'clock.
▪ What time do we eat?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And in order to eat, I needed customers.
▪ He would eat whatever food was brought him, but took no notice of anyone.
▪ I ate some fruit, followed by a tuna sandwich made with solid wholemeal bread and headed for Toby's house.
▪ I can not eat so much.
▪ She forced herself to eat some more dry biscuits and chocolate, washing them down with a small amount of water.
▪ This was, after all, the ceremony of eating one, not two chips.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.
    --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.

    Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

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.
    --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.

    Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

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.
    --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.

    Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

Eat

Eat \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 To eat 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
eat

Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to consume food, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etan (cognates: Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).\n

\nTransferred sense of "corrode, wear away, consume, waste" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. The slang phrase eat one's words "retract, take back what one has uttered" is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat. Eat-in (adj.) in reference to kitchens is from 1955. To eat out "dine away from home" is from 1930.

Wiktionary
eat

vb. 1 To ingest; to be ingested. 2 # (lb en ambitransitive) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.

WordNet
eat
  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]

Wikipedia
Eat (restaurant)

Eat (styled as EAT.) is a chain of sandwich shops with over 110 branches in the UK, the majority in London.

The first shop was opened in October 1996 in Villiers Street, London, next to Charing Cross railway station. Owned and run by couple Niall and Faith MacArthur, the company is similar to Pret a Manger insofar as all the produce is freshly made. Eat says it donates unsold food items to charities and hostels.

The style of Eat outlets was designed by David Collins who also designed the look of Café Rouge.

The business, previously owned by Penta Capital, was bought by Lyceum Capital (a private equity company) in March 2011.

Annual sales were £68 million in 2008 and approximately £100 million in 2012. The 2012 profit was £2.7 million.

In November 2012 the company opened a £1 million flagship outlet in The Strand, London.

Eat (film)

Eat (1963) is a 45-minute underground film created by Andy Warhol and featuring painter Robert Indiana, filmed on Sunday, February 2, 1964 in Indiana's studio. The film was first shown by Jonas Mekas on July 16, 1964 at the Washington Square Gallery at 530 West Broadway.

Eat is filmed in black-and-white, has no soundtrack, and depicts fellow pop artist Indiana engaged in the process of eating for the entire length of the film. The comestible being consumed is apparently a mushroom. Finally, there is a brief appearance by a cat.

EAT

EAT or eat may refer to:

  • Eating, the process of consuming food, for the purpose of providing for the nutritional needs of an animal

The term may also refer to:

Eat (band)

Eat are a British alternative rock band. They were active in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and then reformed in 2014. They have released two albums on The Cure's label Fiction. The band achieved reasonable success in the UK, but did not attract much attention abroad.

Usage examples of "eat".

For if so be it doth not, then may ye all abide at home, and eat of my meat, and drink of my cup, but little chided either for sloth or misdoing, even as it hath been aforetime.

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

Nimmy wondered absently if he should confess to eating barbecued wilddog on abstinence days, even though the cardinal had granted dispensation in an emergency situation.

Like the strawberry, if eaten without sugar and cream, it does not undergo any acetous fermentation in the stomach, even with gouty or strumous persons.

Entering the house, Prince Andrew saw Nesvitski and another adjutant having something to eat.

Until now, as it had grown and matured, it had lived adventitiously, drifting with the currents, eating whatever food came its way.

He had eaten much worse food and been glad to get it, both as a boy and more recently, when he had shared campfires and rations with Afghani miners.

Joran and Lilla served themselves first, to allay any suspicions that the food was drugged, but the Agnate still refused to eat or drink.

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

When you have any ordinary ailment, particularly of a feverish sort, eat nothing at all during twenty-four hours.

She also brought something called akee, which she said she used to eat from trees in Haiti.

She had the broad features common to the Akka people and the broad shoulders of a woman who has tackled a lot of reindeer, and it was hard to tell whether she contemplated those dogs with such an avid gaze because they looked fit to serve her, or to be eaten for supper.

The Albergo della Colombina was a great disappointment, for there was nothing there that could be eaten.

Our cooks employ it with vinegar for making the mint sauce which we eat with roast lamb, because of its condimentary virtues as a spice to the immature meat, whilst the acetic acid of the vinegar serves to help dissolve the crude albuminous fibre.

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.