De·vour v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured p. pr. & vb. n. Devouring.]
1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.
Some evil beast hath devoured him. --Gen. xxxvii. 20.
2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate.
Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii. 15.
I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser.
3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.
Longing they look, and gaping at the sight,
Devour her o'er with vast delight. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.
adj : destroyed or wasted as if by eating; "forests devoured by
flame"; "an inheritance eaten up by debt" [syn: eaten