Definition of devour in English:


Line breaks: de¦vour
Pronunciation: /dɪˈvaʊə


[with object]
  • 2Read quickly and eagerly: she spent her evenings devouring the classics
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    • 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.
  • 3 (be devoured) Be totally absorbed by a powerful feeling: she was devoured by need
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    • 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.
    afflict, torture, plague, bedevil, trouble, harrow, rack; consume, swallow up, engulf, swamp, overcome, overwhelm



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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'.

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