Synonyms of eat in English:


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1‘we ate a hearty breakfast and then set off’


consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, wolf, wolf down, cram down, finish, finish off

swallow, chew, munch, chomp, champ

informal guzzle, nosh, put away, pack away, tuck into, tuck away, scoff, scoff down, demolish, dispose of, make short work of, polish off, shovel down, get stuck into, stuff one's face with, stuff down, pig out on, sink, get outside of, get one's laughing gear round

British informal gollop, shift

North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, inhale

rare ingurgitate


starve, fast

2‘we ate at a local restaurant’


have a meal, partake of food, take food, consume food, feed

breakfast, lunch, dine, have breakfast, have lunch, have dinner, have supper

feast, banquet

informal snack, graze, nosh

dated sup, break bread

3‘acidic water can eat away at concrete pipes’


erode, corrode, abrade, wear away, wear away at, wear down, wear through, gnaw away, gnaw away at, bite into, burn into, burn through, consume, dissolve, disintegrate, crumble, waste away, rot, decay

damage, destroy, spoil


    eat one's heart out

      ‘I stayed in London, eating my heart out for you’


      pine, long, ache, brood, mope, fret, sigh, sorrow, suffer, bleed, yearn, agonize, weep and wail, regret someone's absence, regret someone's loss

      grieve, mourn, lament, shed tears

      be filled with envy





    eat up

      ‘he ate up all the French fries’

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