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Definition of "devour" [de•vour]

  • To eat up greedily. See Synonyms at eat. (verb-transitive)
  • To destroy, consume, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in minutes. (verb-transitive)
  • To take in eagerly: devour a novel. (verb-transitive)
  • To prey upon voraciously: was devoured by jealousy. (verb-transitive)

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 "devour" in a sentence
  • "The word devour had gained a fresh resonance for me."
  • "Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace."
  • "I should yearn to read His Word and devour it any opportunity I get."