De*vour" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Devouring.] [F. d'evorer, fr. L. devorare; de + vorare to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious.]

1.

To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.

Some evil beast hath devoured him. Gen. xxxvii. 20.

2.

To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate.

Famine and pestilence shall devour him. Ezek. vii. 15.

I waste my life and do my days devour. Spenser.

3.

To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.

Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour her o'er with vast delight. Dryden.

Syn. -- To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.

 

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