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Meaning of “devour” in the English Dictionary

"devour" in British English

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devourverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈvaʊər/  us   /-ˈvaʊ.ɚ/
to ​eat something ​eagerly and in ​largeamounts so that nothing is ​left: The ​youngcubshungrily devoured the ​deer. literary to ​destroy something ​completely: The ​flamesquickly devoured the ​building. to ​readbooks or ​literaturequickly 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 ​eateagerly and in ​largeamounts, so that nothing is ​left: He devoured the ​entireplate of ​spaghetti. fig. She devoured (= ​readeagerly and ​quickly) the ​novels of ​Jane Austen.
(Definition of devour from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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