American English

Definition of devour verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devour
    he / she / it devours
    past simple devoured
    -ing form devouring
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  1. 1devour something to eat all of something quickly, especially because you are very hungry synonym gobble somethingup He devoured half of his burger in one bite.
  2. 2to read or look at something with great interest and enthusiasm She devoured everything she could lay her hands on: books, magazines, and newspapers.
  3. 3devour somebody/something (formal) to destroy someone or something synonym engulf Flames devoured the house.
  4. Idioms
    be devoured by something
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    to be filled with a strong emotion that seems to control you She was devoured by envy and hatred.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: devour