devour definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • for eating up greedily. See Synonyms at eat.
    • To destroy, eat, or waste: Flames devoured the dwelling in mins.
    • experience eagerly: devour a novel.
    • To prey upon voraciously: had been devoured by jealousy.
    • To eat with greediness; to take ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.
    • To seize upon and destroy or ideal greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to eat; to take up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate.
    • to savor with avidity; to appropriate and take in excitedly by the senses.
    • to consume up greedily. See Synonyms at consume.
    • To destroy, eat, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in mins.
    • experience eagerly: devour a novel.
    • To prey upon voraciously: had been devoured by jealousy.
    • To eat up with greediness; to take ravenously; to feast upon like a wild creature or a glutton; to victim upon.
    • To seize upon and destroy or ideal greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to take up; to make use of up; to waste; to annihilate.
    • To enjoy with avidity; to proper or take in excitedly by the senses.
  • verb:
    • to consume rapidly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
    • To rapidly destroy, engulf, or put waste.
    • To take in avidly aided by the intellect.
    • to soak up or engross the mind totally, particularly in a destructive fashion.
    • eat greedily
    • demolish totally
    • enjoy avidly
    • eat immoderately
    • To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
    • To quickly destroy, engulf, or put waste.
    • experience avidly because of the intellect.
    • to soak up or engross your brain completely, particularly in a destructive way.
    • eat greedily
    • obliterate entirely
    • enjoy avidly
    • eat immoderately
  • others:
    • To eat up entirely; consume ravenously; consume as food.
    • to eat destructively, recklessly, or wantonly; make away with; obliterate; waste.
    • To swallow up, literally or figuratively; draw into combination or control; soak up; engorge; consume: as, to devour a book; the usurers have devoured their estate.
    • To gaze at absorbingly; look upon with avidity; view with pleasure.
    • to offer delight to; allure; enchant.
    • Synonyms Consume, etc. See eat.
    • to take.
    • to consume up totally; consume ravenously; consume as food.
    • To consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly; make away with; destroy; waste.
    • To swallow up, virtually or figuratively; draw into conjunction or possession; absorb; engorge; take in: since, to devour a novel; the usurers have devoured his property.
    • To gaze at absorbingly; look upon with avidity; view with pleasure.
    • To give pleasure to; appeal; enchant.
    • Synonyms Consume, etc. See eat.
    • to take.
  • noun:
    • identify dever.
    • See dever.

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