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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I watched him from my window and remembered a story he'd told me once about a great serpent that the men of the north believe in, which yearns to devour all the world.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • devour = eat completely
  • Then they broke out into the sunlight and for a while they were busy finding and devouring food as they moved down the scar toward the platform and the meeting.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • devouring = eating rapidly and completely
  • "It's an insidious plan, if I do say so myself." Faber glanced nervously at his bedroom door. "To see the firehouses burn across the land, destroyed as hotbeds of treason. The salamander devours his tail!"
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • devours = eats rapidly and completely
  • Bulls which had always been tractable suddenly turned savage, sheep broke down hedges and devoured the clover, cows kicked the pail over, hunters refused their fences and shot their riders on to the other side.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
devoured = ate rapidly

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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)
  • 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)
  • Something was written under the image in italics but I couldn't understand it. It had one of those black-hole words, right in the middle, devouring the rest.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • devouring = consuming or destroying completely
  • Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • devoured = destroyed
  • That's why she keeps talking about a fire devouring her.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
devouring = consuming or destroying completely

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