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Old English etan, from Proto-Germanic *itan-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed-. Cognate with Scots aet, Dutch eten, German essen, and Swedish äta, and (from IE) with Ancient Greek ἔδω (edō), Latin edō, Russian ем, and Lithuanian ésti.
Third person singular
- (ambitransitive) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
- He’s eating an apple.
- Don’t disturb me now; can't you see I’m eating?
- (intransitive) To consume a meal.
- What time do we eat this evening?
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cause (someone) to worry.
- What’s eating you?
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To take the loss in a transaction.
- It’s a special order, we can’t send it back; if the customer won’t accept it, we’ll have to eat the 40 tons of steel ourselves.
- (consume): consume, swallow
- (cause to worry): bother, disturb, worry
- (eat a meal): dine, breakfast, chow down, have one's breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper/tea, lunch
- third-person singular present active subjunctive of eō.
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