"eaten" in the verb sense
take in solid food
"She was eating a banana"
"What did you eat for dinner last night?"
eat a meal take a meal
"We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls"
"I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"
3. feed, eat
take in food used of animals only
"This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"
"What do whales eat?"
4. eat, eat on
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
"What's eating you?"
5. consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out
use up (resources or materials
"this car consumes a lot of gas"
"We exhausted our savings"
"They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
6. corrode, eat, rust
cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
"The acid corroded the metal"
"The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"
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