Adjective "devour" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.
  1. 'Instead, his mouth curved into a smile, resembling a wolf just before devouring his prey.'
  2. 'Sudalai Madan, who devours non-vegetarian food after consuming litres of arrack or toddy has to content himself with the sweet prepared by them.'
  3. 'Nietzsche illustrates the dynamics of the strong valuation with an infamous image of birds of prey devouring defenseless lambs.'
  4. 'Predators, such as ladybugs and assassin bugs, devour their prey.'
  5. 'The wasp larvae that hatch out devour their prey from the inside out, killing the egg or caterpillar in the process.'
  6. 'The piece of pita bread lay untouched as we devoured the food.'
  7. 'We welcomed the range of foreign foods on offer, devouring pizza, curry and Thai greedily.'
  8. 'He helped himself to a slice of bread and cheese and devoured the food hungrily.'
  9. 'Finally, after four days of movement, Buck grows tired of the chase and drags the moose to the ground, finishing him off and devouring his meat hungrily.'
  10. 'A snake has to shed its skin; a snake has to devour its prey.'
  11. 'the hungry flames devoured the old house'
  12. 'I asked frantically as I stared at the giant flames that were devouring her home.'
  13. 'And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.'
  14. 'He stood unmoving, watching the parchment crackle, seeing the last of his life's work devoured by flames, and felt nothing.'
  15. 'It creeps in gradually enveloping the earth, devouring the last traces of the struggling dusk.'
  16. 'Flames roared as they devoured the city and all of the people living within it.'
  17. 'With the power out, the only light in the subbasements was cast by the spear points of flame, devouring overturned cars and office debris.'
  18. 'It also destroys cities, devours forests and snuffs out lives.'
  19. 'Leaning over, she scatters the remains of the card into the fireplace, watching the flames devour it and leave behind only ashes.'
  20. 'I let him think while the candle devoured my envelope.'
  21. 'The fire crackled as it devoured the leaves and wood.'
Read quickly and eagerly.
  1. 'Apathy was probably the word she learned in school that day or had read in the latest book she was devouring.'
  2. 'His literate sense of the handgun equates to a read you will find yourself devouring as you would a fine steak at a world-class eatery.'
  3. 'She had been watching Hawthorne devour an old Golf Digest Magazine while on a long bus ride.'
  4. 'The semi-annual issuance of the INFORMANT was eagerly awaited, and serious players literally devoured its contents from cover to cover.'
  5. 'I devoured this book guiltily one weekend when I was a rather rude houseguest.'
  6. 'He also devours books, getting through six on his last holiday.'
  7. 'People who in other countries would read light novels and popular magazines devoured works on art, science, history, and above all philosophy.'
  8. 'But all the while he was religiously devouring the books of the physics masters.'
  9. 'I enjoyed the episodic structure, bringing back memories of the compilation books comprised of the classic strips that I used to devour as a child.'
  10. 'I was so eager to share the Little House with Eliza that I introduced that world to her at a much earlier age than I was at my first meeting, reading aloud the books I had devoured on my own.'
Be totally absorbed by a powerful feeling.
  1. 'Then give yourself permission to stop worrying about things you can't control, so you won't be devoured by fear.'

More definitions

1. to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously.

2. to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly: Fire devoured the old museum.

3. to engulf or swallow up.

4. to take in greedily with the senses or intellect: to devour the works of Freud.

5. to absorb or engross wholly: a mind devoured by fears.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be devour."


Middle English: from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- ‘down’ + vorare ‘to swallow’.