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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATE

Here he cooked and ate his meals, and here he spent his solitary evenings.

She did not seem frightened, and ate readily the damper and sugar given her.

All that he touched and ate and wore and used was of the same material Absolute.

Although he ate little, the dining-room was empty when he finished.

So K. waited for "the season," and ate his heart out for Sidney in the interval.

But because it was a love-gift I ate all of it and was licking the basket-tray when Tse-tse came back.

I ate--I could eat now that I had had my Vision--and grew strong.

At the next water, he mixed some of the meal into a gruel and ate it.

I say my companion and I "talked" of these several sights and incidents as I ate my luncheon.

She ate as well as spoke in a hurried manner, and as if in defiance of her feelings.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).

Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.