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To eat up greedily or to destroy as if by eating.

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Usage examples (34)
  • It is better to fall among crows than flatterers; for those devour only the dead - these the living.
  • The word devour had gained a fresh resonance for me.
  • Then it was but playing with the sword; now, Shall the sword devour for ever?
  • The tape called upon Muslims to "devour" the Americans.
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