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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: devorer, from Latin vorare 'to swallow'

devour

verb
     
de‧vour [transitive]
1DF to eat something quickly because you are very hungry:
The boys devoured their pancakes.
2 to read something quickly and eagerly, or watch something with great interest:
He devoured science fiction books.
3

be devoured by something

to be filled with a strong feeling that seems to control you:
Cindy felt devoured by jealousy.
4 literary to destroy someone or something:
Her body had been almost entirely devoured by the disease.
5 to use up all of something:
a job that devours all my energy
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