feed

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beasley estimates that under normal circumstances, Ukraine's farmers grow enough food to feed about 400 million people. Matt Egan, CNN, 13 May 2022 Our seven-year-old goal is to feed every single person in this world a cookie. Katherine Finnerty, WSJ, 7 May 2022 The goal of college cooking was to feed yourself and whoever was hanging around — quickly. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 With 18 total servings, Mountain House’s Just in Case kit provides just enough food—three breakfasts, lunches, and dinners—to feed two people for 72 hours. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 The Santa Fe Literary Festival's goal is to feed creative and culinary appetites and send festival goers back into the world inspired. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Also Wednesday, the Ministry of Agriculture ordered local officials to avoid any measures that might interfere with spring planting by farmers who feed China's 1.4 billion people. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 20 Apr. 2022 If a person is not physically able to fast, they are obligated to help feed people during the one-month period. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2022 India also depends on Russia for fertilizer and other agricultural products to feed its 1.4 billion people. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tyson said its cost of goods sold increased by 15% over the quarter as the company paid more for animal feed, freight and labor expenses. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In the seconds following the save, Jacob Trouba drifted too far away from the net, leaving Guentzel wide open for a far-post feed from Sidney Crosby and an easy finish. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 The soaring costs of fertilizers, and other key agricultural commodities like wheat used for cow feed, could have knock-on effects throughout the world. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2022 The algae make their way through a filtration and pasteurization unit, a desalination unit, and an aerobic digester to become biofuel, food supplements, pharmaceuticals, and animal feed. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2022 Some is used for animal feed, and some goes to landfill or is dumped in rivers and oceans. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 The need for hay and animal feed for pets and livestock became clear after a meeting with Navajo President Jonathan Nez and other officials Wednesday and as the Navajo Department of Emergency Management checked in on families. Arlyssa Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 The cost of prepared animal feed has rallied 12.7% since last year, according to Bank of America, which should lead to rising prices for meats as well. Will Daniel, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 That corn would ordinarily be used for consumer goods and, crucially, animal feed. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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
\ 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 feed (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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