Eat

Verb

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

    "He’s eating an apple.  Don’t disturb me now; can't you see that I’m eating?"

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

    "John is late for the meeting because the photocopier ate his report."

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

    "It’s a special order, so we can’t send it back; if the customer won’t accept it, we’ll have to eat the forty tons of steel ourselves."

  • To ingest; to be ingested.
  • (intransitive, ergative) To be eaten.

    "The soup that eats like a meal."

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

    "The VHS recorder just ate the tape and won't spit it out."

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

    "What’s eating you?"

  • ​(intransitive) To consume a meal.

    "What time do we eat this evening?"

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

    "This project is eating up all the money."

  • (transitive, informal, of a vending machine or similar device) To consume money or (other instruents 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.

    "The video game in the corner just ate my quarter."

  • (transitive, intransitive) To corrode or erode.

    "The acid rain ate away the statue.  The strong acid eats through the metal."

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