1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon. "Some evil beast hath devoured him." (Gen. Xxxvii. 20)

2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate. "Famine and pestilence shall devour him." (Ezek. Vii. 15) "I waste my life and do my days devour." (Spenser)

3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses. "Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour her o'er with vast delight." (Dryden)

Synonyms: To consume, waste, destroy, annihilate.

Origin: F. Devorer, fr. L. Devorare; de + vorare to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious.

(01 Mar 1998)

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