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Meaning of DEVOUR

Pronunciation:  di'vawr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  eat greedily
  2. [v]  eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
  3. [v]  destroy completely; "Fire had devoured our home"
  4. [v]  enjoy avidly, as of a book; "She devoured his novels"

DEVOUR is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: consume, down, go through, gulp, guttle, pig, raven
 See Also: bask, destroy, eat, enjoy, relish, ruin, savor, savour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*vour"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devoured}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Devouring}.] [F. d['e]vorer, fr. L. devorare; de + vorare
to eat greedily, swallow up. See {Voracious}.]
1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast
   upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.

         Some evil beast hath devoured him.    --Gen. xxxvii.

2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily,
   selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use
   up; to waste; to annihilate.

         Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii.

         I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser.

3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly
   by the senses.

         Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour
         her o'er with vast delight.           --Dryden.

Syn: To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.

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