part of speech: verb

inflections: eats, eating, ate, eaten

definition 1: to put into the mouth, chew, and swallow.

  • We will eat sandwiches for lunch.

synonyms: consume, swallow

definition 2: to destroy through wearing away.

  • Rust eats metal.

synonyms: corrode, wear

definition 3: to use up.

  • One trip to the comic book store ate his entire allowance.

synonyms: consume, devour, swallow

definition 4: to bother or disturb.

  • What’s eating them?

synonyms: bother, bug, trouble

phrase: eat one’s words


part of speech: intransitive verb

definition: to take in food.

  • Please don’t bother the dog while he’s eating.
  • I was eating, so I told her I’d call her back.

synonyms: feed

antonyms: fast

derivation: eater (n.)