feed


feed
[[t]fi͟ːd[/t]]
♦♦
feeds, feeding, fed
1) VERB If you feed a person or animal, you give them food to eat and sometimes actually put it in their mouths.

[V n] We brought along pieces of old bread and fed the birds...

[V n n] She fed him a cookie...

[V n on/with n] He fed me on barbecue ribs, and talked to me non-stop...

[V n to n] He spooned the ice cream into a cup and fed it to her. [Also V pron-refl]

Derived words:
feeding plural N-VAR

The feeding of dairy cows has undergone a revolution.

N-COUNT
Feed is also a noun. [mainly BRIT]

She's had a good feed.

2) VERB To feed a family or a community means to supply food for them.

[V n] Feeding a hungry family can be expensive .

[V n] ...a food reserve large enough to feed the Sudanese population for many months.

3) VERB When an animal feeds, it eats or drinks something.

After a few days the caterpillars stopped feeding...

[V on/off n] Slugs feed on decaying plant and animal material.

4) V-ERG When a baby feeds, or when you feed it, it drinks breast milk or milk from a bottle.

When a baby is thirsty, it feeds more often...

[V n] I knew absolutely nothing about handling or feeding a baby.

5) N-MASS: usu n N Animal feed is food given to animals, especially farm animals.

The grain just rotted and all they could use it for was animal feed.

...poultry feed.

6) VERB To feed something to a place, means to supply it to that place in a steady flow.

[V n prep] ...blood vessels that feed blood to the brain.

[V n prep] ...gas fed through pipelines.

7) VERB If you feed something into a container or piece of equipment, you put it into it.

[V n prep] He took the compact disc from her, then fed it into the player...

[V n prep] She was feeding documents into a paper shredder.

8) VERB If someone feeds you false or secret information, they deliberately tell it to you.

[V n n] He was surrounded by people who fed him ghastly lies...

[V n with n] At least one British officer was feeding him with classified information. [Also V n to n]

9) VERB If you feed someone's dislike or desire for something, you make it stronger.

[V n] The divorce was painfully public, feeding her dislike of the press.

10) VERB If you feed a plant, you add substances to it to make it grow well.

[V n] Feed plants to encourage steady growth.

11) VERB If one thing feeds on another, it becomes stronger as a result of the other thing's existence.

[V on n] The drinking and the guilt fed on each other.

12) VERB To feed information into a computer means to gradually put it into it.

[V n into/to n] An automatic weather station feeds information on wind direction to the computer.

13) to bite the hand that feeds you → see bite
another mouth to feedsee mouth
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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feed — may refer to:* As a verb, to feed means to give food to, or to eat food. See feeding. * Feed as a noun often refers to animal feed, food given to or meant for livestock (see also fodder )Inserting one thing into another: * Card feed * Paper… …   Wikipedia

  • Feed — (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fed} (f[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Feeding}.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f[ o]da, Dan. f[ o]de. [root]75. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — vb Feed, nourish, pasture, graze are comparable when they mean to provide the food that one needs or desires. Feed is the comprehensive term applicable not only to persons and animals but also to plants and, by extension, to whatever consumes… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • feed — [fēd] vt. fed, feeding [ME feden < OE fedan < base of foda, FOOD] 1. to give food to; provide food for 2. a) to provide as food [to feed oats to horses] b) to serve as food for …   English World dictionary

  • Feed — Feed, v. i. 1. To take food; to eat. [1913 Webster] Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed. De Foe. [1913 Webster] 2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one s self (upon something); to prey; with on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • feed — fēd vb, fed fed; feed·ing vt 1 a) to give food to b) to give as food 2) to produce or provide food for vi to consume food: EAT feed n …   Medical dictionary

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