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

But Berrios has not released the model or data fed into it, making the claim difficult to assess. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018 But Beim says the new tool won’t feed data into Celmatix’s predictive models or genetic test reports. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 Jordan’s comment feeds into what has been a growing war against mainstream media outlets, in the Trump era. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Rep. Jim Jordan is now attacking CNN for reaching out to his former staffers and interns," 11 July 2018 Postproduction involves combining the two video feeds into a single file that includes a left-eye and a right-eye perspective; when viewed through a VR headset, the images combine and appear to be a single 3-D picture. David M. Ewalt, WSJ, "The First Real Boom in Virtual Reality? It’s Pornography.," 11 July 2018 The algae blooms have become an annual summer threat, fed by nutrients from cattle ranches and farms surrounding the country's second largest natural freshwater lake. Jennifer Kay, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 Each would feed data into Crossbeam’s platform and select which subsets can be seen by the other. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Software-guided B2B partnerships are the aim of Bob Moore's new Crossbeam," 9 July 2018 The rain began late last week as the remnants of a typhoon fed into a seasonal rainy front. NBC News, "81 people killed in torrential rains, landslides in western Japan," 8 July 2018 Smitherman had criticized the five council members accused in Miller's lawsuit for feeding into the dysfunction at City Hall. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "'Gang of 5' not only Cincinnati council members sending secret texts, motion says," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Checking your phone doesn’t really mean checking your email or text messages or social-media feed. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 People should understand that the stories that show up in their feeds are not random, said Chiara. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "STEAM/PASS Program Hosts Media Presentation," 27 June 2018 But that didn't stop the outpouring of tributes flooding social media feeds, as fans and celebs alike have expressed their sadness and disbelief following the news. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Team Issues Statement Following Rapper's Death: 'XXXTentacion Touched the Lives of Millions Around the Globe'," 19 June 2018 But the best way to watch the pre- and post-ceremony was with the sound off, and a running social media feed. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Royal Wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spark social media commentary that outshines TV pundits," 19 May 2018 But Klout's success in getting people to sign up and give access to their social media feed data was built largely on users' need to rank themselves—and the gamification of a total abandonment of privacy. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Klout is out—social media mojo-ranking service to shutter," 10 May 2018 Our social media feed over the weekend was filled with photos of the many albums people purchased on Record Store Day, an annual event that’s akin to a religious holiday for vinyl enthusiasts. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Wolf plays a surprise Record Store Day show in Newburyport record store," 23 Apr. 2018 On its social media feed, Allegiant answered those who tweeted they were worried by asking them to send a private message. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Allegiant Air goes on defensive after explosive "60 Minutes" report," 16 Apr. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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