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Definition of the verb devour

What does devour mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: devoured | devouring | devours

  1. destroy completely
    • example: Fire had devoured our home
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely
  2. enjoy avidly
    • example: She devoured his novels
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: bask / enjoy / relish / savor / savour = derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from
  3. eat up completely, as with great appetite
    • example: They devour more bread
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia devoured the pizza

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): consume, down, have, ingest.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of devour: consume / demolish / down / go through
    • more generic terms: eat up / finish / polish off = finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
  4. eat greedily
    • examples: he devoured three sandwiches | They devour more bread
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of devour: guttle / pig / raven
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food

Alternative definition of the verb devour


  1. To eat quickly, greedily, or hungrily; to eat by swallowing large bits of food with little or no chewing.


  1. "Devour" is a 2005 horror film directed by David Winkler.
  2. "Devour" is a 2012 horror film written and directed by John D. Robinson.


"Devour" a.k.a. "Devour: A Collection of 8 Full Length New Adult Novels" is a 2014 book by E.K. Blair, Ilsa Madden-Mills, K.A. Robinson, Lexi Buchanan, Missy Johnson, S.E. Hall, Sandi Lynn and Tijan.


Devour is a fictional film character.


  1. "Devour" is a song recorded and performed by the hard rock band Shinedown. The song was released as the first single in promotion of the band's third studio album, The Sound of Madness. The track landed online and at multi-format rock radio outlets nationwide on May 5. As has been the case with other new singles by bands such as Disturbed, Theory of a Deadman, and Seether, "Devour" is so far Shinedown's fastest rising single to date, reaching the top five of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in four weeks. In a No. 1 countdown interview, vocalist Brent Smith said that the single was "a letter to the President," and that it is about Smith's distaste towards George W. Bush. It is their second #1 song on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
  2. "Devour" is the second solo album from Dave Hause of The Loved Ones. It is scheduled to be released on October 8, 2013 by Rise Records.
  3. "Devour" is a musical single of Shinedown.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Devour" is a musical album of Kaos Krew.
  5. "Devour" is a composition.
  6. "Devour" is a musical album of End Transmission.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Devour" is a musical album of Devour.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  8. "Devour" is a composition.


Devour is a musical group.

  • album: "Devour"


Devour is a record label.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Devour

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Google previewNew International Encyclopedia of Bible Words (2016)

by Lawrence O. Richards

DEVOUR. The Hebrew word is ʾāḵal, "to eat, or consume." One major use of the word is symbolic, to indicate hardships that ensue when an individual or a people's resources are consumed. Usually the consuming force is some disaster, ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Devour, devowr′,v.t.toswallow greedily: to eatup: to consumeorwaste withviolenceor wantonness:todestroy: togaze ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Biblical Aramaic (2011)

Clarified by Ancient Documents by Vogt Ernst, Fitzmyer Joseph A

j:t5 : eat, devour. nrnwm ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...


Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary (1863)

English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie

DEVOUR DEXIARLE DEVOTED, pp. Appropriated by vow; solemnly set apart or dedicated; consecrated; addicted; given up; doomed; consigned. DEVOTEDNESS, n. The state of being devoted or given; addictedness; as, devotedness to ...

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Usage statistics about devour

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb devour:


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Quotes about Devour

The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection. (Henry Ward Beecher)
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Scrabble value of D2E1V4O1U1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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