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verb [intransitive/transitive] eat pronunciation in American English /it/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyeat
he/she/iteats
present participleeating
past tenseate
past participleeaten
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  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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