Pronunciation: (di-vour'), [key]
1. to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously.
2. to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly: Fire devoured the old museum.
3. to engulf or swallow up.
4. to take in greedily with the senses or intellect: to devour the works of Freud.
5. to absorb or engross wholly: a mind devoured by fears.
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