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English definition of “eat”

eat

verb [I/T]  /it/ (past tense ate  /eɪt/, past participle eaten  /ˈi·tən/) us  

eat verb [I/T] (HAVE FOOD)

to put food into the mouth, chew it, and swallow it: [T] He ate a hamburger for lunch. [I] When I’ve got a cold, I don’t feel like eating. [I] We usually eat (= have a meal) at about 7 p.m. [I] Let’s eat in/out (= have a meal at home/at a restaurant) tonight.

eat verb [I/T] (DAMAGE)

to damage or destroy something: [I always + adv/prep] Running water had gradually eaten into the rock, forming a channel.
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