transitive verb[with object]
1Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.‘he devoured half of his burger in one bite’
eat hungrily, eat quickly, eat greedily, eat heartily, eat up, swallow, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, guzzle, guzzle down, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, cram down, gorge oneself on, wolf, wolf down, feast on, consumeView synonyms
- ‘more and more green space has been devoured by new sprawling estates’
- 1.1(of fire or a similar force) destroy completely.
destroy, consume, engulf, envelop, demolish, lay waste, wipe out, annihilate, devastateView synonyms
- ‘the hungry flames devoured the old house’
- 1.2Read quickly and eagerly.
peruse, study, scrutinize, look throughView synonyms
- ‘she spent her evenings devouring the classics’
- 1.3be devouredBe totally absorbed by a powerful feeling.
afflict, torture, plague, bedevil, trouble, harrow, rackView synonyms
- ‘she was devoured by envy’
Middle English from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- ‘down’ + vorare ‘to swallow’.
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