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Definition of "ate" [ate•a•te]

  • Past tense of eat. (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ate" in a sentence
  • "The acid bite of belly desire had long since deserted him, and he, too, ate from a sense of duty, all meat tasting alike to him."
  • "They ate hurriedly and gloomily, with but little conversation, and as Martin ate and listened he realized how far he had travelled from their status."
  • "During that supper, Gauvain ate and Cimourdain drank, a sign of calm in the former and of agitation in the latter."