verb (used with object)

  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.

verb (tr)

  1. to swallow or eat up greedily or voraciously
  2. to waste or destroy; consumethe flames devoured the curtains
  3. to consume greedily or avidly with the senses or mindhe devoured the manuscripts
  4. to engulf or absorbthe flood devoured the land

early 14c., from Old French devorer (12c.) “devour, swallow up, engulf,” from Latin devorare “swallow down, accept eagerly,” from de- “down” (see de-) + vorare “to swallow” (see voracity). Related: Devoured; devouring.

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