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verb (eats, eating, ate, eaten)
  1. (transitive) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
He"s eating an apple.
  1. (context, transitive, colloquial) To cause (someone) to worry.
What"s eating you?
  1. (transitive) (Idiom) To take a loss in a transaction
It"s a special order, we can"t send it back; if the customer won"t accept it, we"ll have to the 40 tons of steel ourselves.
  1. (intransitive) To consume a meal.
What time do we this evening?
Don"t disturb me now; can't you see I"m eating?
Etymology: Old English etan, from Germanic
  • itan-, from Indo-European
  • hâed-. Cognate with Scots aet, Dutch eten, German essen, Swedish íta; and (from IE) with Greek (polytonic, á), Latin edo, edÅ, Russian , Lithuanian esti, ésti.



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