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devour


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devour  \De*vour"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Devoured};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Devouring}.]  [F.  d['e]vorer,  fr  L.  devorare  de  +  vorare 
  to  eat  greedily,  swallow  up  See  {Voracious}.] 
  1.  To  eat  up  with  greediness;  to  consume  ravenously;  to  feast 
  upon  like  a  wild  beast  or  a  glutton;  to  prey  upon 
 
  Some  evil  beast  hath  devoured  him  --Gen.  xxxvii 
  20. 
 
  2.  To  seize  upon  and  destroy  or  appropriate  greedily, 
  selfishly,  or  wantonly;  to  consume;  to  swallow  up  to  use 
  up  to  waste;  to  annihilate. 
 
  Famine  and  pestilence  shall  devour  him  --Ezek.  vii. 
  15. 
 
  I  waste  my  life  and  do  my  days  devour.  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  To  enjoy  with  avidity;  to  appropriate  or  take  in  eagerly 
  by  the  senses 
 
  Longing  they  look  and  gaping  at  the  sight,  Devour 
  her  o'er  with  vast  delight.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  To  consume;  waste;  destroy;  annihilate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devour 
  v  1:  destroy  completely;  "Fire  had  devoured  our  home" 
  2:  enjoy  avidly,  as  of  a  book;  "She  devoured  his  novels" 
  3:  eat  immoderately;  "Some  people  can  down  a  pound  of  meat  in 
  the  course  of  one  meal"  [syn:  {down},  {consume},  {go 
  through}] 
  4:  eat  greedily  [syn:  {gulp},  {guttle},  {raven},  {pig}] 




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