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Eat vs Eaten - What's the difference?

eat | eaten |

As verbs the difference between eat and eaten

is that eat is to ingest; to be ingested while eaten is past participle of lang=en.

As an adjective eaten is

that has been consumed by eating.




  • To ingest; to be ingested.
  • #(lb) To consume (something solid or semi-solid, usually food) by putting it into the mouth and swallowing it.
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  • #*:At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat' parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they ' eat the luncheon crumbs.
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
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  • #(senseid) To consume a meal.
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  • # To be eaten.
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  • To use up.
  • #(lb) To destroy, consume, or use up.
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  • #*(William Makepeace Thackeray) (1811-1863)
  • #*:His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
  • # To damage, destroy, or fail to eject a removable part or an inserted object.
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  • #*(Bruce Willis) in the movie (The Last Boy Scout)
  • #*:No! There's a problem with the cassette player. Don't press fast forward or it eats the tape!
  • # To consume money or (other instruents of value, such as a token) deposited or inserted by a user, while failing to either provide the intended product or service, or return the payment.
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  • #*From the movie
  • #*:Hey! This stupid [soda vending] machine ate my quarter.
  • To cause (someone) to worry.
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  • To take the loss in a transaction.
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  • *From the movie (Midnight Run)
  • *:I have to have him in court tomorrow, if he doesn't show up, I forfeit the bond and I have to eat the $300,000.
  • (lb) To corrode or erode.
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  • To perform oral sex on someone.
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  • Synonyms

    * (consume) consume, swallow; see also * (cause to worry) bother, disturb, worry * (eat a meal) dine, breakfast, chow down, feed one's face, have one's breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper/tea, lunch

    Derived terms

    * don't shit where you eat * eater * eat crow * eatery, eaterie * eat humble pie * eat in * eating * eat into * eat like a bird * eat like a horse * eat like a pig * eat my shorts * eat one's hat * eat one's Wheaties * eat one's words * eat out * eat pussy * eats * eat shit and die * eat someone alive * eat someone's lunch * eat up * eatworthy * pie-eater * you are what you eat * what's eating you?

    See also

    * drink * food * edible






  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (especially in combination) That has been consumed by eating
  • Derived terms

    * half-eaten * uneaten