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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
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  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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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