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Meaning of feed by Wiktionary Dictionary

feed


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈfiːd/, X-SAMPA: /'fid/
    • Rhymes: -iːd

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan ( “to feed” ), from Proto-Germanic *fōdijanan ( “to feed” ), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- ( “to guard, graze, feed” ). Cognate with West Frisian fiede ( “to nourish, feed” ), Dutch voeden ( “to feed” ), Danish føde ( “to bring forth, feed” ), Swedish föda ( “to bring forth, feed” ), Icelandic fæða ( “to feed” ), Latin pāscō ( “feed, nourish”, v ). More at food .

    Verb

    feed ( third-person singular simple present feeds present participle feeding, simple past and past participle fed )

    1. ( transitive ) to give food to eat, nurture
      Feed the dog every evening .
    2. ( intransitive ) to eat ( usually of animals )
      Spiders feed on gnats and flies .
    3. ( transitive ) To give to a machine to be processed .
      Feed the paper gently into the document shredder .
      We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data .
    4. ( sports, transitive ) To pass to

    Noun

    feed ( countable and uncountable; plural: feeds )

    1. ( uncountable ) Food given to ( especially herbivorous ) animals .
      They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses .
    2. Something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed .
    3. ( countable ) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
      They held a crab feed on the beach .
    4. ( Internet ) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to .
      I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites .

    Etymology 2

    fe( e ) + -( e )d

    Verb

    feed

    1. Simple past tense and past participle of fee .


Explanation of feed by Wordnet Dictionary

feed


    Verb
    1. introduce continuously

    2. feed carrots into a food processor
    3. provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

    4. give food to

    5. Feed the starving children in India
    6. take in food

    7. serve as food for

    8. This dish feeds six
    9. feed into

    10. Her success feeds her vanity
    11. provide as food

    12. Feed the guests the nuts
    13. gratify

    14. feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view
    15. profit from in an exploitatory manner

    16. He feeds on her insecurity
    17. move along, of liquids

    18. the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
    19. support or promote

    Noun
    1. food for domestic livestock