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eat
also: past tense ate past participle eaten
American English: /it/
British English: /iːt/

Translation of eat in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    (meal/vegetables)
    I don't eat meat
    no como carne
    I won't eat you! [colloquial]
    ¡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 (American English) crow
    tragarse el orgullo
    to eat somebody alive
    comerse vivo a alguien
  • 2 (upset, bother) [slang]what's eating her?
    ¿a esta qué le pica or qué bicho la picó? [colloquial]

intransitive verb

  • 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

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1
(rats/mice)
(moths)
comerse
the termites gradually eat away the inside of the tree
las termitas carcomen poco a poco el interior del árbol
1.2
(acid)
1.3
(waves)

eat away at

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1.1
(rats/mice)
(moths)
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)
1.3
(sea)

eat into

verb + preposition + object
1.1
(acid/rust)
1.2
(profits/savings)
comerse

eat up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (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
2verb + adverb (finish meal) 3verb + adverb + object (consume)
(fuel/electricity)
these big cars really eat up gas
estos coches grandes sí que tragan gasolina [colloquial]
4verb + object + adverb (consume)
(curiosity/ambition)
she's eaten up with envy
la envidia la carcome
la consume la envidia
jealousy is eating him up
lo consumen or [colloquial] se lo comen los celos

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