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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for feed

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

chow, meal, menu, mess, refection, repast, table

Antonyms: Verb

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

There is nothing quite as delightful as being fed at a fashion show. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s What Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Look Like on a Runway," 22 Nov. 2018 At Pop’s, Josie and Kevin try to get their parents to talk about high school, and they get fed a bunch of lies for their efforts (for starters, Tom and Sierra deny knowing each other well during their high school days). Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 The airplane can also eject dropsondes that collect wind data and can be fed to the mission control computer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 But roughly half of the delta’s exported water still would be fed into the aqueducts by the southern pumps, killing fish. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 Suddenly, the charts were being fed actual, reliable statistics. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Billboard's charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?," 9 July 2018 Lake Harney — along with lakes Jesup and Monroe — are fed by the St. Johns River, which collects rainwater from as far south as Indian River County and flows northward. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Seminole County residents keep nervous eye on rising St. Johns," 9 July 2018 The paper ballots look like high school Scantron tests, and are fed through a machine similar to the one educators use for those multiple choice tests. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Nearly 150 West Virginians voted with a mobile blockchain app," 10 Nov. 2018 And the nerves and blood vessels in your scalp feed the roots of your hair, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Bad Is It Really to Rock an Ariana Grande-Level High Ponytail All the Time?," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The View released a video celebrating Meghan's return on their Twitter feed. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan McCain Reveals When She Will Return to ‘The View’," 1 Oct. 2018 Serena Williams also shared a supportive post for her friend Meghan on her Twitter feed. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friends Are Sending Sweet Messages of Support for Her First Solo Project," 17 Sep. 2018 With her dog and 3-year-old son photobombing the shot, Curtis's post is noticeably less staged than most of the bikini selfies many other celebrities share on their feeds. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Nicole Curtis Looks Stronger Than Ever in New Swimsuit Photo," 13 Aug. 2018 Google, in marking the 20th anniversary of Google search, announced its own plans to tap artificial intelligence, including enticing you to interact more with its rebranded, deeper Discover activity feed and other services. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter," 24 Sep. 2018 Avenatti also has a blistering Twitter feed and a knack for a catchy slogan. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Avenatti discusses policy views as he weighs 2020 bid," 14 Aug. 2018 The salmon itself poses a threat to the whales, as chemicals and pesticides accumulate as the fish feed and eventually end up stored in the orcas’ fat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 For extra points, feed and cheer on the top half of the mountain. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 So, what exactly is the agency whose name is filling your Twitter feed and adorning protest signs? Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "ICE: What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency now under fire," 3 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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about feed

Statistics for feed

Last Updated

30 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for feed

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on feed

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with feed

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for feed

Spanish Central: Translation of feed

Nglish: Translation of feed for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of feed for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about feed

Comments on feed

What made you want to look up feed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!