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1  —as in:
devoured three sandwiches
Definition eat rapidly and completely — usually due to being very hungry
  • She devoured everything on her plate in less than two minutes and asked for more.
devoured = ate rapidly and completely
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The lions devoured the antelope.
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • I started devouring the sandwich.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • devouring = eating rapidly and completely
  • We sat on the bed and all but devoured the food.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • A few times, they even smuggled him smoked oysters. Louie devoured them and tiptoed to the fence to pitch the cans into Tokyo Bay.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • After he had devoured the chocolate he felt somewhat ashamed of himself and hung about in the streets for several hours, until hunger drove him home.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • devoured = eaten rapidly and completely
  • Dill devoured it, chewing with his front teeth, as was his custom.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • I greedily devoured the remnants of the shepherd's breakfast, which consisted of bread, cheese, milk, and wine; the latter, however, I did not like.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • In the adjoining sector they attacked two large cats and a dog, bit them to death and devoured them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • devoured = ate rapidly and completely
  • He devours a spoonful and says, "You're weird."
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
devours = eats rapidly and completely

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2  —as in:
devours crime novels
Definition to read, listen, or watch with eager interest
  • She devoured everything he wrote.
devoured = read with eager interest
  • She devours anything written about him.
devours = reads, listens, or watches with eager interest

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3  —as in:
devoured by flames
Definition to completely consume, destroy, or engulf (surround or cover)
  • The entire block was devoured in the fire.
devoured = completely consumed or destroyed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I saw the mudslide devour the road.
  • devour = completely engulf (cover)
  • Over a thousand acres of the forest was devoured by the flames.
  • devoured = completely consumed or destroyed
  • The only path safe from her reach would take him into the devouring whirlpool of Charybdis.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • devouring = consuming (as though to swallow ships)
  • Immediately Meg was swept into darkness, into nothingness, and then into the icy devouring cold of the Black Thing.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • devouring = swallowing (completely surrounding and covering)
  • My revenge is of no moment to you; yet, while I allow it to be a vice, I confess that it is the devouring and only passion of my soul.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • devouring = consuming
  •   Then love-devouring death do what he dare;
      It is enough I may but call her mine.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • devouring = consuming (destroying completely)
  • We stood watching the street fill with men and cars while fire silently devoured Miss Maudie's house.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • devoured = consumed or destroyed completely
  • We stood on the street watching the flames devour the shack.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • devour = consume or destroy completely
  • The waves rose in growing fury, each over-topping its fellow, till in a very few minutes the lately glassy sea was like a roaring and devouring monster.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
devouring = consuming (as though to swallow the ship)

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