transitive verb, ichidan verb
This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an う sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means eat so the verb version is to eat.
You have to remember the た portion if you want to be able to read this word, which uses the kun'yomi reading. Think about yourself eating some tacos (た). Imagine yourself eating it, that raw beef taste in your mouth (either like it or hate it).
I eat natto every morning.
I never have enough time to eat healthy foods.
I like to eat while I’m sleeping. It’s just like sleepwalking, but it’s called sleep-eating.