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

board, cater, provision, victual

Synonyms: Noun

banquet, dinner, feast, regale, spread

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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

Facebook, which had previously shied away from donating the food left uneaten by its employees every day, has joined other tech companies whose excess prepared food helps feed Bay Area residents in need. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "Facebook now donating some uneaten food from its cafeterias," 7 June 2019 This 52-acre working farm encourages guests to pick veggies, feed sheep and simply take part in the overall daily workings. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 The pond is fed by a storm-water pipe from nearby roadways and is not normally used by bathers. Frank Kummer, https://www.inquirer.com, "Clinging jellyfish, known for excruciating stings, found in North Wildwood salt pond near inlet," 4 June 2019 If that server was transmitting data to and from Moscow, who in Trump Tower was feeding it? Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Both Supras are rear-wheel drive and use 3.0-liter inline-six engines fed by forced induction, but that's where the similarities start to end. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Here's How Our 2020 Toyota Supra Test Numbers Compare to the 1993 Supra Turbo's," 15 May 2019 The error caused it to feed faulty information to the autopilot. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 The squash is picked from fields of frothing cosmos; the honey is harvested from bees fed on marigolds; the yak meat is bought from farmers and stirred into warming noodle broths. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 And on the back side of the canvas, several species of Bacillus bacteria had set up housekeeping, apparently feeding on paste and glue. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trip Highlights Help feed and care for pandas at the renowned Dujiangyan Panda Center. National Geographic, "China High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Individuals then break off and take turns diving below the feed and the surging up and lunge feeding through the surface. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Whales, killer sharks steal some of U.S. Open’s thunder in Monterey Bay," 12 June 2019 Just because the business paid for an ad to show up in search engine results or on your social media feed, does not mean it can be trusted. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Use care when having food sent to your home," 9 June 2019 The newest argument: Pay us up front or give us a cut of what's bet on our games, or lose our data feeds and good luck setting and settling in-game wagers at the speed of sports. Regina Garcia Cano, chicagotribune.com, "NBA, MLB using data to chase better deals with sportsbooks," 8 June 2019 There’s a clear need for one more feed, then, providing a millennial perspective—speaking the modern tongue. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "As the Game Evolves, MLB Broadcaster John Smoltz Has Become a Topic of Debate," 7 June 2019 Joseph Glauber, former chief economist at USDA, said corn and soybeans are typically animal feed and not food aid, which usually consists of wheat and rice. Mario Parker, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's China Fight Puts New Strains on His Rural Voting Base," 10 May 2019 Tiles build on the Assistant feed and Google Fit shortcuts with six new screens: Goals, Next event, Forecast, Heart rate, Headlines, and Timer. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google's Wear OS gets glancy with swipeable Tiles for news, weather, timers, and more," 1 May 2019 The companies didn’t detail the terms of the arrangement or timing of the new offerings, which will include live channel feeds and on-demand content. ... Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "T-Mobile to Offer Customers Viacom TV Channels," 3 Apr. 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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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
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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