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verb [intransitive/transitive] American English pronunciation: eat /it/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyeat
he/she/iteats
present participleeating
past tenseate
past participleeaten
 
  1. to put food into your mouth and swallow it

    We sat on the grass and ate our sandwiches.

    Don't talk while you're eating.

    I've eaten too much.

    Finish your lunch – you've hardly eaten anything.

    1. a.
      to eat a particular type or amount of food

      Do you eat meat/fish/eggs?

      It's hard to persuade my family to eat healthy foods.

      eat well/healthily/sensibly (=eat food that is good for you):

      Many people who live alone don't eat well.

      eating habits/patterns (=what someone eats, and when they eat):

      It will take time to change your children's eating habits.

    2. b.
      to have a meal

      We don't eat breakfast together, except on weekends.

      Beth ate her evening meal in the hotel.

      Are you ready to eat?

      eat at:

      We ate at a small Chinese restaurant several blocks away.

      something to eat (=food):

      Where can we get something to eat?

      a bite to eat (=a quick meal):

      Do you want to grab a bite to eat before we go?

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