feed

verb
\ ˈfēd How to pronounce feed (audio) \
fed\ ˈfed How to pronounce fed (audio) \; feeding

Definition of feed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give food to
b : to give as food
2a : 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
5a(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

intransitive verb

1a : to consume food : eat
b : prey used with on, upon, or off
2 : to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food
3a : to become channeled or directed
b : to move into a machine or opening in order to be used or processed

feed

noun

Definition of feed (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of eating
b : meal especially : a large meal
2a : food for livestock specifically : a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock
b : the amount given at each feeding
3a : 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 an RSS feed 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

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Synonyms for feed

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of feed in a Sentence

Verb He was too weak to feed himself. We feed the plants with a special fertilizer twice a week. We fed the horses with apples, oats, and hay. The children fed apples to the horses. These supplies could feed a small army for a week. He doesn't earn enough to feed a family of four. helping to feed and clothe poor children They used the wood to feed the fire. The streams feed the creek. The motor is fed by an electrical current. Noun There's a jam in the paper feed. We had to cut off the main power feed. They're showing a live satellite feed of the event.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brett Hemmings—Getty Images Mim, a female Eastern Grey Kangaroo, was hand-fed by a local family and decided to take shelter in their home on the outskirts of Kulnura, New South Wales, on Dec. 6, 2019. Time, "Australia Is Burning: Scenes From a Deadly Season of Bushfires," 7 Jan. 2020 Additionally, the dust trails that cause many of these meteor showers are fed by comets. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Will Peak This Weekend," 3 Jan. 2020 Oyo is part of a group of prominent start-ups that have sprinted to get as big as possible, fed by money from large investors such as the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. New York Times, "At SoftBank’s Jewel in India: ‘Toxic’ Culture and Troubling Incidents," 2 Jan. 2020 The devastating fires, fed by intense heat and winds, rampaged across Australia’s southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria heading into the new year, turning coastal towns into dangerous traps and forcing residents to the oceanside. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "Thousands of Australians flee to beaches as wildfires rage," 31 Dec. 2019 Also fed by fees that pop up on Americans’ phone bills, the pool is billions of dollars deep and the FCC has used it to fund a variety of programs aimed at improving American internet access. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Up to Speed? Time, money, maps and the push for 100% broadband in rural Colorado," 29 Dec. 2019 Yet like all philosophical documents, Spinoza’s work was fed by source waters. Graham Hillard, National Review, "A Populist History of Religious Disbelief," 5 Dec. 2019 Much of its flow is fed by groundwater, emerging from the aquifer in springs and seeps, sustaining the river. AZCentral.com, "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 The institute, which is still run as a non-profit today, is a spectacular 27-acre property with cabins, gardens, and tubs fed by natural hot springs overlooking the Pacific. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "How the Esalen Institute’s CEO runs a retreat—and a workplace—to maximize human potential," 28 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After Granlund cut the Bruins’ lead to 4-2 with 1:54 left, David Krejci airmailed a 170-foot empty-netter and Coyle tapped in a Ritchie feed against sloppy Nashville defense. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins make their moms happy with big win over Predators," 8 Jan. 2020 The drop in pork supplies is boosting global prices for other meat, including beef sold by Cargill, and driving demand for animal feed as livestock producers around the world expand to close the meat gap. ... Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Swine Fever Lifts Cargill’s Meat Businesses," 7 Jan. 2020 Whenever there is a big duck feed around these parts, the specks are almost always with the greenheads. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Late-Season Mallards In Fields vs. Water," 6 Jan. 2020 Social media feeds exploded with predictions of military action and wisecracking memes about end times. New York Times, "For a Post-9/11 Generation, War Isn’t New but Fears of Another One Are," 5 Jan. 2020 The photo immediately began to go viral, showing up on various feeds for the first day of the new decade. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Blue Ivy Carter's Silky Blowout Just Gave Us All Hair Envy, Again," 2 Jan. 2020 Depending on the user’s demographics, the Preventive Health tool now appearing in users’ feeds will suggest a laundry list of routine health exams, including mammograms, flu shots, and blood pressure screenings. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Facebook is normalizing sharing your personal healthcare data," 31 Dec. 2019 After nearly two years of curating an Instagram feed of eye-catching brews, Marion was ready to brew his own stout-- a tribute to his great grandmother and his memories of helping her bake brownies. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 By Saturday morning, the post had been removed from Trump’s feed, though it could still be found in other ways, including on a website that logs every presidential tweet. David Klepper, The Denver Post, "Trump retweets, deletes, post naming alleged whistleblower," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of feed

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for feed

Verb

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

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The first known use of feed was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2020

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“Feed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feed. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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feed

verb
How to pronounce feed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of feed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feed (Entry 2 of 2)

: food for animals
informal : a large meal
: a part of a machine or system that sends material or electricity to other parts

feed

verb
\ ˈfēd How to pronounce feed (audio) \
fed\ ˈfed \; feeding

Kids Definition of feed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

Other Words from feed

feeder noun

feed

noun

Kids Definition of feed (Entry 2 of 2)

: food especially for livestock

feed

verb
\ ˈfēd How to pronounce feed (audio) \
fed\ ˈfed How to pronounce fed (audio) \; feeding

Medical Definition of feed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give food to
b : to give as food
2 : to produce or provide food for

intransitive verb

: to consume food : eat

feed

noun

Medical Definition of feed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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