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verb \ˈfēd\

Simple Definition of feed

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feed

fed play \ˈfed\ feeding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give food to b :  to give as food

  3. 2 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

  4. 3 :  to produce or provide food for

  5. 4 a :  satisfy, gratify b :  support, encourage

  6. 5 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

  7. 6 :  to supply (a fellow actor) with cues and situations that make a role more effective

  8. 7 :  to pass a ball or puck to (a teammate) especially for a shot at the goal

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to consume food :  eat b :  prey —used with on, upon, or off

  11. 2 :  to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food

  12. 3 a :  to become channeled or directed b :  to move into a machine or opening in order to be used or processed

Examples of feed in a sentence

  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




Simple Definition of feed

  • : food for animals

  • : a large meal

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feed

  1. 1 a :  an act of eating b :  meal; especially :  a large meal

  2. 2 a :  food for livestock; specifically :  a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock b :  the amount given at each feeding

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 :  the action of passing a ball or puck to a team member who is in position to score

Examples of feed in a sentence

  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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FEED Defined for Kids



verb \ˈfēd\

Definition of feed for Students

fed \ˈfed\feeding

  1. 1 :  to give food to or give as food <fed the dog> <She fed cereal to the baby.>

  2. 2 :  to take food into the body :  eat <cattle feeding on hay>

  3. 3 :  to supply with something necessary (as to growth or operation) <It's important to feed plants with fertilizer.> <Two streams feed the lake.>

feeder noun




Definition of feed for Students

  1. :  food especially for livestock

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