feed

verb
\ˈfēd \
fed\ˈfed \; 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 & Antonyms for feed

Synonyms: Verb

deliver, furnish, give, hand, hand over, provide, supply

Synonyms: Noun

chow, meal, menu, mess, repast, table

Antonyms: Verb

hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

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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

An Indianapolis restaurant that funnels its profits to help feed food-insecure kids is coming to Downtown Indy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Another Patachou restaurant is coming to Downtown Indianapolis," 2 July 2018 The king sent three kitchen trucks and staff members to help feed the search crews. New York Times, "Soccer Team Is Found Alive in Thailand Cave Rescue," 2 July 2018 Staffers wheel him out to a windowless visitation room, where Van Leer and her sister spoon-feed him nutrition shakes and give him back rubs. Jonel Aleccia And Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 1 July 2018 In addition to the hike, children are invited to help feed the farm’s animals at 4:30 p.m. Information: 219-395-1882 or www.nps.gov/indu. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 29 June 2018 The Senate version aims to reduce fraud in SNAP but doesn’t cut funding from the program, which helps feed more than 40 million people across the United States. BostonGlobe.com, "In Wisconsin, Trump highlights economic policies," 28 June 2018 Understanding his plight, friends’ families would try to help feed him. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens' Brandon Williams visits Maryland Food Bank Summer Club: 'I don’t want any kid to have to have that feeling'," 27 June 2018 Staff wheel him out to a windowless visitation room, where Van Leer and her sister spoon-feed him nutrition shakes and give him back rubs. NBC News, "Unlocked And loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 26 June 2018 Staff wheel him out to a windowless visitation room, where Van Leer and her sister spoon-feed him nutrition shakes and give him back rubs. Washington Post, "Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amatul-Wadud’s Twitter feed is filled with references to the Ocasio-Cortez win. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 Yesterday’s Instagram feed was rife with red, white, and blue outfits, fireworks displays, and tons of giant pool floats. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Fourth Of July Celebrations From Your Favorite Celebrities," 5 July 2018 The football team’s Twitter feed posted a picture of Clark in a Notre Dame hat and shirt to share the news. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Notre Dame lands commitments from QB Brendon Clark, WR Cam Hart," 4 July 2018 The group’s Twitter feed consists mostly of photos of its posters in places including Michigan, Chicago, Kentucky, Virginia and California. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "White-supremacist posters in Tacoma urge reporting of undocumented residents," 4 July 2018 In 2015, when Ms. Bryck was in college in New York, the two reconnected after Ms. Kurland popped up on Ms. Bryck’s Facebook feed. New York Times, "Molly Bryck, Yetta Kurland," 1 July 2018 Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Phoenix-area weekend traffic: Closure on I-10 eastbound between 75th and 51st avenues," 22 June 2018 The banner photo on Ivanka Trump’s Twitter feed shows her holding a baby, tenderly nestled to her heart. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 While the click-to-shop tag has long been available within Instagram’s feed, the transition to Stories is a way for big brands to capitalize on the many viewers on their Stories each day. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "Instagram Stories Get Shopping Tag Links for In-App Purchases," 13 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for feed

feed

verb

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

: a large meal

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

feed

verb
\ˈfēd \
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 \
fed\ˈfed \; 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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