- 1Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly: he devoured half of his burger in one biteMore example sentences
- As we settled down to supper, devouring the food hungrily, the front door slammed open.
- We welcomed the range of foreign foods on offer, devouring pizza, curry and Thai greedily.
- Nietzsche illustrates the dynamics of the strong valuation with an infamous image of birds of prey devouring defenseless lambs.
- 1.1(Of fire, disease, or other forces) consume (someone or something) destructively: the hungry flames devoured the old houseMore example sentences
- Leaning over, she scatters the remains of the card into the fireplace, watching the flames devour it and leave behind only ashes.
- In less than half an hour, the flames devoured four buildings.
- She hit the Platters rocks, close to the shore just west of the suspension bridge, and a fire devoured what remained above the water.
- 1.2Read (something) quickly and eagerly: she spent her evenings devouring the classicsMore example sentences
- Amanda read the pamphlet with great interest, devouring every word and photograph.
- The semi-annual issuance of the INFORMANT was eagerly awaited, and serious players literally devoured its contents from cover to cover.
- He read Aristotle, Plato, Marx and Lenin and devoured both great European novels and contemporary pulp fiction in binges of late-night reading.
- 1.3 (be devoured) (Of a person) be totally absorbed by an unpleasant feeling: she was devoured by needMore example sentences
- Fearing I would soon be totally devoured, I broke away from a pash for the second time in the space of about half an hour - surely a new record.
- Then give yourself permission to stop worrying about things you can't control, so you won't be devoured by fear.
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- She was as much an actress: a devourer of words, books, theatre and cinema screen, costume and design, dance and folklore, as she was the vessel for her incredible voice.
- Here the story picks up as the tormented devourer of souls tries to escape his captor, the omnipresent octopus-like Elder God.
- Enraged, Gupan and Utar descended from the Chariot of The Clouds into the pit to do battle with Mot, devourer of The Dead.
Middle English: from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- 'down' + vorare 'to swallow'.