devour


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Devour \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.
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            Some evil beast hath devoured him.    --Gen. xxxvii.
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   2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily,
      selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use
      up; to waste; to annihilate.
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            Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii.
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            I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser.
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   3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly
      by the senses.
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            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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