eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
destroy completely; "Fire had devoured our home"
cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid; "The acid corroded the metal"; "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"
use up (resources or materials);
eat a meal; take a meal; "We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls"; "I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"
take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; "What's eating you?"
take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"