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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Eat


EAT, verb transitive preterit tense ate; participle passive eat or eaten. [Latin edo, esse, esum.]

1. To bite or chew and swallow, as food.

Men eat flesh and vegetables.

They shall make thee to eat grass as oxen. Daniel 4:25.

2. To corrode; to wear away; to separate parts of a thing gradually, as an animal by gnawing. We say a cancer eats the flesh.

3. To consume; to waste.

When goods increase, they are increased that eat them. Ecclesiastes 5:11.

4. To enjoy.

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19.

5. To consume; to oppress.

Who eat up my people as they eat bread. Psalms 14:4.

6. To feast.

Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die. Isaiah 22:13.

In scripture, to eat the flesh of Christ, is to believe on him and be nourished by faith.

To eat one's words, is to swallow back; to take back what has been uttered; to retract.

EAT, verb intransitive To take food; to feed; to take a meal, or to board.

He did eat continually at the king's table. 2 Sam.

Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners. Matthew 9:11.

1. To take food; to be maintained in food.

To eat or to eat in or into, is to make way by corrosion; to gnaw, to enter by gradually wearing or separating the parts of a substance. A cancer eats into the flesh.

Their word will eat as doth a canker. 2 Timothy 2:17.

To eat out, to consume.

Their word will eat out the vitals of religion, corrupt and destroy it.