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eaten \eaten\ adj. ingested through the mouth. Contrasted with uneaten.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English eten, past participle of eat.

  1. (context especially in combination English) That has been consumed by eating v

  2. (past participle of eat English)

  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]


adj. having been taken into the mouth for consumption [ant: uneaten]


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Usage examples of "eaten".

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.

In Ireland Sorrel leaves are eaten with fish, and with other alkalescent foods.

When eaten raw, dried Figs prove somewhat aperient, and they are apt to make the mouth sore whilst masticating them.

When bruised, it gives out a strong smell of garlic, and when eaten by cows it makes their milk taste powerfully of onions.

The Horse Radish of our gardens is a cultivated cruciferous plant of which the fresh root is eaten, when scraped, as a condiment to correct the richness of our national roast beef.

The moon emerged and David saw it as Katsuk would:  the moon eaten, a curve of it gnawed out by Beaver.

He had built a small fire in the shelter and they had eaten beans and slept on spruce boughs over the ashes.

It was several heartbeats before he realized he was staring at the moon, another arc of it eaten away by Beaver.

Dantes had not eaten since the preceding evening, but he had not thought of hunger, nor did he think of it now.

He then recollected that he had not eaten or drunk for four-and-twenty hours.

I am very tired, and as I have not eaten so good a dinner as you, I can scarcely stand.

Arabian custom, which makes eternal friends of those who have together eaten bread and salt under the same roof.

He had done the right thing even if he drowned or was eaten by a shark.

By that time the ship had been eaten down below the flight deck and fires from ruptured fuel bunkers had turned it into an inferno from which small, burning, figures could be seen falling.

Old cheese ameliorates Apples if eaten when crude, probably by reason of the volatile alkali, or ammonia of the cheese neutralizing the acids of the Apple.