Meaning of “eat” in the English Dictionary

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eatverb [ I/T ]

us /it/ past tense ate /eɪt/ , past participle eaten /ˈi·tən/

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:

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