verb \ˈfēd\

: to give food to (someone or something)

: to give (something) as food to someone or something

: to produce or provide food for (someone or something)

fed \ˈfed\ feed·ing

Full Definition of FEED

transitive verb
a :  to give food to
b :  to give as food
a :  to furnish something essential to the development, sustenance, maintenance, or operation of <reading feeds the mind>
b :  to supply (material to be operated on) to a machine
:  to produce or provide food for
a (1) :  to supply for use or consumption (2) :  channel, route
b (1) :  to supply (a signal) to an electronic circuit
(2) :  to send (as by wire or satellite) to a transmitting station for broadcast
:  to supply (a fellow actor) with cues and situations that make a role more effective
:  to pass a ball or puck to (a teammate) especially for a shot at the goal
intransitive verb
a :  to consume food :  eat
b :  prey —used with on, upon, or off
:  to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food
a :  to become channeled or directed
b :  to move into a machine or opening in order to be used or processed

Examples of FEED

  1. He was too weak to feed himself.
  2. We feed the plants with a special fertilizer twice a week.
  3. We fed the horses with apples, oats, and hay.
  4. The children fed apples to the horses.
  5. These supplies could feed a small army for a week.
  6. He doesn't earn enough to feed a family of four.
  7. helping to feed and clothe poor children
  8. They used the wood to feed the fire.
  9. The streams feed the creek.
  10. The motor is fed by an electrical current.

Origin of FEED

Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan; akin to Old English fōda food — more at food
First Known Use: before 12th century



: food for animals

: a large meal

: a part of a machine or system that sends material or electricity to other parts

Full Definition of FEED

a :  an act of eating
b :  meal; especially :  a large meal
a :  food for livestock; specifically :  a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock
b :  the amount given at each feeding
a :  material supplied (as to a furnace or machine)
b :  a mechanism by which the action of feeding is effected
c :  the motion or process of carrying forward the material to be operated upon (as in a machine)
d :  the act or process of feeding a signal (as an audio or video transmission); also :  the signal being fed
:  the action of passing a ball or puck to a team member who is in position to score

Examples of FEED

  1. There's a jam in the paper feed.
  2. We had to cut off the main power feed.
  3. They're showing a live satellite feed of the event.

First Known Use of FEED


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