what is eat with devour difference? can i use them in the same place?
Sep 5, 2018 8:21 AM
Answers · 5
Eat is a common generic word. Devour has the meaning of eating greedily or fast, and it is a bookish high-style term. E.g. a tiger devours its prey, or a demon devours a sinner. If you say something like "I would like to devour some breakfast" it would sound like you are making a joke.
September 5, 2018
Devour can also have the sense of 'to consume with passion', and can be applied to other things, e.g. a book - if you start reading a book and then stay up all night to read it, you could say that you 'devoured' the book, i.e. you took it all in without stopping. Or you can devour something with your eyes, something (or someone) so beautiful they take all of your attention and you can't stop looking.
September 5, 2018
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