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Eat is sometimes a misspelling of ate.

The word eat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb eat

What does eat mean as a doing word?

Eat is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in conversational speech, being one of the top 50 most common verbs in conversational spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. take in solid food
    • examples: She was eating a banana | What did you eat for dinner last night? | They eat more bread
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sipped
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive] [Adjective]Cynthia ate herself sick | Cythia drank herself sick
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Cynthia ate at the peach | Cynthia nibbled at the carrot
      [Agent - being] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]He ate off of the table | He drank out of the goblet
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic terms: consume / have / ingest / take / take in = serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    • more specific terms:
    • entailments: chew / jaw / manducate / masticate = chew; get down / swallow = pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
  2. eat a meal; take a meal
  3. take in food; used of animals only
    • examples: This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat | What do whales eat? | The animals eat
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of eat: feed
    • more generic terms: consume / have / ingest / take / take in = serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    • more specific words:
  4. worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    • examples: What's eating you? | The bad news will eat him
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonym of eat: eat on
    • more generic words: vex / worry = disturb the peace of mind of
  5. use up (resources or materials)
  6. cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of eat: corrode / rust
    • more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon

Alternative definition of the verb eat


  1. [ambitransitive] To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
  2. [intransitive] To consume a meal.
  3. [intransitive, ergative] To be eaten.
  4. [transitive] To destroy, consume, or use up
  5. [transitive, informal] To cause (someone) to worry.
  6. [transitive, business] To take the loss in a transaction.
  7. [ambitransitive] To corrode or erode.
  8. [transitive, informal, of an device] To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.
  9. [transitive, informal, of a vending machine or similar device] To consume money or (other instruments 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.
  10. [transitive, informal, vulgar] To perform oral sex on someone.


Eat is a chain of sandwich shops with over 110 branches in the UK, the majority in London.

  • also known as EAT.
  • official website:


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. Although achieving reasonable success in the UK, the band failed to attract attention in the United States.

  • genre: Alternative rock
  • albums: "Epicure", "Golden Egg EP", "Sell Me A God", "Shame"


  1. "Eat" 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.
  2. "Eat" is a 2012 short drama film written by Ines Berwing and directed by Moritz Krämer.
  3. "Eat": August has never been with a woman. Claire is his neighbor. One day she is locked out of her apartment and August lets her in to his. He does what he can to keep her there.
  4. "Eat" is a 2001 short, animation and comedy film written and directed by Bill Plympton.
  5. "Eat" is a 2011 short film directed by Kelly Sears.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  6. "Eat" is a comedy film directed by C. Scott McCoy.


  1. "Eat" is a musical album of Charming Hostess.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  2. "Eat" is a musical album of Spoon+.
    • released on
  3. "Eat" is a musical single of Zion.T.
    • released on


Eat a.k.a. Pangborn Memorial Airport is a public use airport in Douglas County, Washington, United States. It is located four nautical miles east of the central business district of Wenatchee, a city in Chelan County. The airport is owned by the Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties.


  1. Eat a.k.a. East Africa Time Zone: East Africa Time, or EAT, is a time zone used in eastern Africa. The zone is three hours ahead of UTC, which is the same as Arabia Standard Time, and also the same as Eastern European Summer Time.
    • also known as East Africa Time
  2. EAT a.k.a. Time in Ethiopia: The time zone in Ethiopia is East Africa Time. The IANA time zone database identifier is "Africa/Addis Ababa".
  3. eat is a gene.
  4. Eat a.k.a. myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1 (BCL2-related) is a gene.
    • also known as myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1; myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1, isoform 1; induced myeloid leukemia cell differentiation protein Mcl-1

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Eat

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Google previewIntroducing English Grammar (2010)

by Kersti Börjars, Kate Burridge

the italic phrase is a direct object, and hence eat is a mono-transitive verb.

the verb eat means exactly the same thing in the two sentences, and in the ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

D'Adamo with Catherine Whitney Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer, and Achieving Your Ideal Weight Cook Right 4 Your Type: The Practical Kitchen Companion to ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

eat humble pie to apologize or concede a point abjectly or submissively. There is play here on several meanings of humble: the familiar adjectival meaning and its use in humble (or umble) pie, a name recorded from the 17th cent. for a pie ...

Google previewThe Daily Telegraph: Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals& Herbal Supplements (2012)

by Sarah Brewer

Eat atleast five servings offresh fruit orvegetables per day for vitamins andminerals, especially the antioxidants. • Eat more Japanesestyle foods: weak plant hormones found in soy products, rice,and green oryellow vegetables (e.g. broccoli, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Economic Products of India: Dacrydium to Gordonia (1890)

by Sir George Watt

Cattle eat the leaves and pods (R. Thompson) . Desmodium Cephalotes, Wall. Cattle eat the leaves of this shrub in Chutia Nagpur (Rev. A. Campbell). D. diffusum, DC. " Cattle eat this species greedily, and as ...

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Usage statistics about eat

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb eat:

spoken English65.97%written English34.03% conversational speech86.56%task-oriented speech13.44% imaginative writing73.13%informational writing26.87%

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Quotes about Eat

He who cannot eat horsemeat need not do so. Let him eat pork. But he who cannot eat pork, let him eat horsemeat. It's simply a question of taste. (Nikita Khrushchev)
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Scrabble value of E1A1T1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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