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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Eat
  1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread."To eatgrass as oxen." [Dan. iv. 25.]"They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead." [Ps. cvi. 28.]"The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine." [Gen. xli. 20.]"The lion had not eaten the carcass." [1 Kings xiii. 28.]"With stories told of many a feat, How fairy Mab the junkets eat." [Milton.]"The island princes overbold Have eat our substance." [Tennyson.]"His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages." [Thackeray.]
  2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to cause to disappear.
    synonyms: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

Etymology: OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. äta, Dan. æde, Goth. itan, Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad. √6. Cf. Etch Fret to rub, Edible

verb Eat
  1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board."He did eat continually at the king's table." [2 Sam. ix. 13.]
  2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.
  3. To make one's way slowly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
  2. Use up (resources or materials)
  3. Eat a meal; take a meal ("We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls" and "I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation")
  4. Take in solid food ("She was eating a banana" and "What did you eat for dinner last night?")
  5. Take in food; used of animals only ("This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat" and "What do whales eat?")
  6. Worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way ("What's eating you?")

From Middle English eten, from Old English etan (“to eat”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with Scots aet (“to eat”), Saterland Frisian iete (“to eat”), West Frisian ite (“to eat”), Low German eten (“to eat”), Dutch eten (“to eat”), German essen (“to eat”), Swedish äta (“to eat”), Danish æde (“to eat”), and more distantly with Latin edō (“eat”, verb), Ancient Greek ἔδω (édō), Russian есть (jestʹ, “to eat”), and Lithuanian ėsti.

  1. (colloquial) Something to be eaten; a meal; a food item.

eat was also found in the following language(s): Latin, Northern Sami, and West Frisian

Fun Facts about the name Eat

  • When was the first name Eat first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Eat is Saturday, October 15th, 1910.
  • How unique is the name Eat? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Eat. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Eat: Your name in reverse order is Tae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aet. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Eat born Sep 27, 2012

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 825. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.