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.