Definition of “eat” - English Dictionary

“eat” in British English

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eatverb [ I or T ]

uk /iːt/ us /iːt/ ate, eaten

A1 to put or take food into the mouth, chew it (= crush it with the teeth), and swallow it:

Do you eat meat?
When I've got a cold, I don't feel like eating.
We usually eat (= have a meal) at about seven o'clock.

More examples

  • I don't eat meat and my husband doesn't either.
  • How many pieces of fresh fruit do you eat in a day?
  • Jane never eats breakfast.
  • I offered him a biscuit and he ate the whole plateful.
  • He paused for a moment to listen and then continued eating.

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

“eat” in American English

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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)