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feed

verb \ ˈfēd \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of feed

fed play \ˈfed\; feeding
1 a : to give food to
b : to give as food
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
c (1) : to insert and deposit (something) repeatedly or continuously
  • feed quarters into a parking meter
(2) : to insert and deposit something into (something)
  • Running out to feed the meter every hour doesn't work, because the meter will not permit more than one hour for a given car.
  • —T. R. Reid
3 : to produce or provide food for
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
6 : to supply (a fellow actor) with cues and situations that make a role more effective
7 : to pass a ball or puck to (a teammate) especially for a shot at the goal
1 a : to consume food : eat
b : prey used with on, upon, or off
2 : to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food
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.

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Origin and Etymology of feed

Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan; akin to Old English fōda food — more at food


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feed

noun

Definition of feed

1 a : an act of eating
b : meal; especially : a large meal
2 a : food for livestock; specifically : a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock
b : the amount given at each feeding
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 (such as an audio or video transmission) to a station for broadcast; also : the signal being fed
  • a live satellite feed
e : an Internet service in which updates from electronic information sources (such as blogs or social media accounts) are presented in a continuous stream ; also : the information presented by such a service
  • I changed my settings so that all of my cousin's posts would show up at the top of my feed.
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.

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First Known Use of feed

1575

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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FEED Defined for English Language Learners

feed

Definition of feed for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


feed

Definition of feed for English Language Learners

  • : food for animals

  • : a large meal

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


FEED Defined for Kids

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feed

verb \ ˈfēd \

Definition of feed for Students

fed \ˈfed\; feeding
1 : to give food to or give as food
  • fed the dog
  • She fed cereal to the baby.
2 : to take food into the body : eat
  • cattle feeding on hay
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

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feed

noun

Definition of feed for Students

: food especially for livestock

Medical Dictionary

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feed

verb \ ˈfēd \

medical Definition of feed

fed play \ˈfed\; feeding
1 a : to give food to
b : to give as food
2 : to produce or provide food for
: to consume food : eat

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feed

noun

medical Definition of feed

1 a : an act of eating
b : meal; especially : a large meal
2 a : food for livestock; specifically : a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock
b : the amount given at each feeding


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