Meaning of “devour” in the English Dictionary

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"devour" in British English

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devourverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈvaʊər/ us /dɪˈvaʊ.ɚ/

to eat something eagerly and in large amounts so that nothing is left:

The young cubs hungrily devoured the deer.

literary to destroy something completely:

The flames quickly devoured the building.

to read books or literature quickly and eagerly:

She loves to read - she devours one book after another.

(Definition of “devour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devour" in American English

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devourverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈvɑʊər/

to eat eagerly and in large amounts, so that nothing is left:

He devoured the entire plate of spaghetti.
fig. She devoured (= read eagerly and quickly) the novels of Jane Austen.

(Definition of “devour” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)