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Definition of devour verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    devour

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devour
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊər//
     
    he / she / it devours
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊərz//
     
    past simple devoured
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊərd//
     
    past participle devoured
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊərd//
     
    -ing form devouring
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaʊərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaʊərɪŋ//
     
    Hunger
     
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  1. 1devour something to eat all of something quickly, especially because you are very hungry synonym gobble He devoured half of his burger in one bite. The animal quickly devoured its prey. See related entries: Hunger
  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. His dark eyes devoured her beauty.
  3. 3devour somebody/th (formal) to destroy somebody/something synonym engulf Flames devoured the house.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- ‘down’ + vorare ‘to swallow’.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 American Dictionary entry: devour