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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyeat up
he/she/iteats up
present participleeating up
past tenseate up
past participleeaten up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly spoken to eat all of something

    Come on, eat up your broccoli.

    Eat up, and we'll go for a walk.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to use large amounts of your available time or money

    Having children eats up a lot of a family's income.

  3. 3
    [transitive] eat up something to travel a particular distance easily and steadily

    They drove on, eating up the distance between themselves and home.

  4. 4
    be eaten up by/with something to feel a negative emotion so strongly that it is difficult to think about anything else

    Paula was eaten up by guilt for days.

  5. 5
    eat it up informal to like something so much that you want to hear or see more

    The press argued over the book, and the public was eating it up.

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