Definition of devour in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.

    ‘he devoured half of his burger in one bite’
    • ‘more and more green space has been devoured by new sprawling estates’
    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, consume
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    1. 1.1(of fire or a similar force) destroy completely.
      • ‘the hungry flames devoured the old house’
      destroy, consume, engulf, envelop, demolish, lay waste, wipe out, annihilate, devastate
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    2. 1.2Read quickly and eagerly.
      • ‘she spent her evenings devouring the classics’
      peruse, study, scrutinize, look through
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    3. 1.3be devouredBe totally absorbed by a powerful feeling.
      • ‘she was devoured by envy’
      afflict, torture, plague, bedevil, trouble, harrow, rack
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/dəˈvou(ə)r/ /dəˈvaʊ(ə)r/


Middle English from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- ‘down’ + vorare ‘to swallow’.