Eat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |iːt|  American pronunciation of the word eat
Brit.  |iːt|  British pronunciation of the word eat
irregular verb:  p.t. — ate  p.p. — eaten
- take in solid food
She was eating a banana
What did you eat for dinner last night?
- 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
- take in food; used of animals only (syn: feed)
This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat
What do whales eat?
- worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
What's eating you?
- use up (resources or materials) (syn: consume, deplete, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out)
- cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid (syn: corrode, rust)

Examples

You'll feel better if you eat something.

I ate a big breakfast so I'm not very hungry.

They like to eat at home.

The Sunday Times would absolutely eat this chap.

Acids eat into metals.

Our holiday has eaten into our savings.

Guilt had been eating into his conscience for some months.

Felix chatted cheerfully as he ate.

A small girl was eating an ice cream.

We had plenty to eat and drink.

It's important to eat healthily when you are pregnant.

I exercise and eat right and get plenty of sleep.

Would you like something to eat?

She can eat like a horse and never put on weight.

We stopped at McDonalds to get a bite to eat.

Phrasal verbs

eat away  — remove soil or rock
eat in  — eat at home
eat out  — eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
eat up  — finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: eat
he/she/it: eats
present participle: eating
past tense: ate
past participle: eaten
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