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Devour, 1) to eat up ravenously, to swallow up: Ven. 57. Sonn. 19, 1. Sonn. 19, 1 Ado III, 1, 28. LLL I, 1, 4. Mids. III, 1, 198. Tw. V, 236. John V, 6, 41. V, 7, 64. Cor. II, 1, 10. Mcb. IV, 3, 74. Per. II, 1, 35. “to d. up:” Mids. I, 1, 148. All's IV, 3, 249. “and with a greedy ear d. up my discourse,” Oth. I, 3, 150.
2) to consume, to destroy, to annihilate: his taste delicious, in digestion souring, --s his will (i. e. his cupidity) “that lived by foul --ing,” Lucr. 700. “what virtue breeds iniquity --s,” Lucr. 700 “not that --ed, but that which doth d., is worthy blame,” Lucr. 700 “they d. their reason,” Tp. V, 155 (annul it by diffidence). “what dangers may drop upon his kingdom and d. incertain lookers on,” Wint. V, 1, 28. “--ing pestilence hangs in our air,” R2 I, 3, 284. “he seemed in running to d. the way,” H4B I, 1, 47. the wretch that trembles under his (the lion's) “--ing paws,” H6C I, 3, 13. “whatever praises itself but in the deed, --s the deed in the praise,” Troil. II, 3, 167. “good deeds past, which are --ed as fast as they are made, forgot as soon as done,” III, 3, 148. “the present wars d. him,” Cor. I, 1, 262. “the cruelty and envy of the people hath --ed the rest,” IV, 5, 82. “this fell --ing receptacle,” Tit. II, 3, 235. “the good-years shall d. them,” Lr. V, 3, 24.
3) to absorb: “a grace it had --ing,” Tp. III, 3, 84 (M. Edd. a grace it had, devouring). cf. Wint. III, 1, 10 and Wint. III, 1, 10 “Pericles, in sorrow all --ed,” Per. IV, 4, 25.
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