How Do You Spell ATE?

Pronunciation: [ˈe͡ɪt] (IPA)

The word "ate" is spelled using two letters, "a" and "t" and is pronounced as /eɪt/. It is derived from the Old English word "etan" meaning "to eat". The /eɪ/ sound in the word "ate" is a diphthong vowel sound, which is a combination of two vowel sounds, /e/ and /ɪ/. The spelling of the word is important to avoid confusion with other similar sounding words such as "eight" or "ait", which have different meanings.

ATE Meaning and Definition

  1. Ate is a verb that is the past tense of the word "eat." It is used to indicate that someone consumed food or a meal at a previous point in time. When a person eats, they take in food through their mouth, chew and swallow it. Ate specifically refers to the act of consuming food in the past tense.

    Ate is an irregular verb, meaning it does not follow the regular pattern of adding -ed to form the past tense. Instead, the base form "eat" changes to "ate" when denoting a past action. For example, "Yesterday, she ate a delicious meal of pasta and salad for dinner."

    Ate is a widely recognized term with various connotations and associations across cultures. It is an essential part of human existence and sustenance. Eating provides nourishment, fuel, and energy for the body to function properly. It is also often associated with pleasure, socializing, and bonding with others during shared meals. Eating habits and preferences can vary greatly from person to person, influenced by cultural, regional, and personal factors. The term "ate" clearly communicates that food has been consumed in the past, playing a crucial role in describing an individual's dietary habits and allowing for effective communication and understanding.

  2. Of eat, which see.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of ATE

The word "ate" comes from the Old English word "ettan" or "etan" which means "to eat". This Old English word is derived from the Proto-Germanic word "etanan" and the Proto-Indo-European root word "ed-" meaning "to eat" or "devour". The word "ate" has retained its meaning and form throughout the history of the English language.

Idioms with the word ATE

  • (The) dog ate my homework The idiom "(The) dog ate my homework" is a popular excuse used by students to explain why they were unable to complete or turn in their homework. It is often used as a humorous or lighthearted way of saying that one's homework was lost or destroyed, with the dog metaphorically being blamed for the mishap.
  • look like the cat that ate the canary The idiom "look like the cat that ate the canary" refers to someone who appears self-satisfied, smug, or pleased with themselves, often after having achieved a secret or mischief. It implies a sense of guilty satisfaction or the feeling of getting away with something.
  • ate up with someone/something The idiom "ate up with someone/something" is typically used to describe a person's excessive interest, obsession, or preoccupation with someone or something. It implies that a person is deeply engrossed or completely consumed by a specific individual, idea, activity, or situation. It often suggests an intense level of fascination or investment that occupies a significant amount of one's time, attention, or thoughts.
  • like the cat that ate the canary The idiom "like the cat that ate the canary" refers to someone who is gleefully or smugly concealing a secret or about to reveal it. It signifies a sense of satisfaction or delight, often in a mischievous or sly manner, similar to a cat that has successfully caught and devoured a canary.
  • the cat that ate the canary The idiom "the cat that ate the canary" typically refers to a person who has a self-satisfied or smug expression, as if they have a secret or are overly pleased with themselves about something. It implies that the person knows or has done something advantageous or mischievous, and they are enjoying the feeling of superiority or accomplishment.
  • who ate all the pies The idiom "who ate all the pies" is typically used to playfully or mockingly refer to someone as being overweight or indulging excessively in food. It implies that the person being referred to has consumed a large quantity of pies, symbolizing overeating or gluttony.
  • dog ate my homework
  • like the cat that got/ate/swallowed the canary "Like the cat that got/ate/swallowed the canary" is an idiom that describes someone who appears extremely pleased or satisfied with themselves, often in a smug or sly manner. It implies that they have gotten away with something or have a secret that brings them great pleasure.

Similar spelling words for ATE

Plural form of ATE is ATES

Conjugate verb Ate


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