Translation of eat in Spanish:

eat

(past ate past p, eaten)
Pronunciation: /iːt/

vt

  • 1 [meal/vegetables] comer I don't eat meat no como carne I won't eat you! [colloquial/familiar] ¡no te voy a comer! she ate her way through the whole cake acabó con or se comió todo el pastel to eat humble pie o eat dirt o (AmE) crow morder* el polvo [familiar/colloquial], tragarse* el orgullo to eat sb alive comerse vivo a algn
  • 2 (upset, bother) [slang/argot] what's eating her? ¿a esta qué le pica or qué bicho la picó? [familiar/colloquial]

vi

  • comer to eat in/out comer en casa/(a)fuera we usually eat at 7 o'clock solemos cenar a las siete we ate off plastic plates comimos en platos de plástico to eat Chinese/Greek comer comida china/griega eat, drink and be merry (for tomorrow we die) a beber y a tragar (que el mundo se va a acabar)

Phrasal verbs

eat away

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 [rats/mice] roer*; [moths] picar*, comerse the termites gradually eat away the inside of the tree las termitas carcomen poco a poco el interior del árbol 1.2 [acid] corroer* 1.3 [waves] desgastar

eat away at

v + adv + prep + o
1.1 [rats/mice] roer*; [moths] picar*, comerse inflation is eating away at business confidence/at people's savings la inflación está minando la confianza de los empresarios/se está comiendo los ahorros de la gente 1.2 [acid] corroer* 1.3 [sea] desgastar

eat into

v + prep + o
1.1 [acid/rust] corroer* 1.2 [profits/savings] comerse

eat up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o (finish) [meal/food] comerse eat it all up now! ¡cómetelo todo! she was eating him up with her eyes se lo comía con los ojos 1.1v + adv (finish meal) terminar (de comer) 1.2v + adv + o (consume) [fuel/electricity] consumir, gastar these big cars really eat up gas estos coches grandes sí que tragan gasolina [familiar/colloquial] 1.3v + o + adv (consume) [curiosity/ambition] consumir she's eaten up with envy la envidia la carcome, la consume la envidia jealousy is eating him up lo consumen or [familiar/colloquial] se lo comen los celos

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