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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Conserve the predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, "Oregon gardeners, here’s your March guide to planting and planning," 1 Mar. 2021 Sharks eat grazing animals that feed on aquatic plants like seagrass — which helps maintain water clarity, stores carbon dioxide and houses fish and other organisms that can keep seas healthy, the researchers say. Howard Cohen, orlandosentinel.com, "Sharks can help marine ecosystems survive effects of climate change, FIU study finds," 27 Feb. 2021 At Soleil Lofts, each unit comes with a sonnen battery already installed; the complex was designed and outfitted with photovoltaic panels from Auric Solar that feed the battery packs. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, "Want To Avoid Another Texas Debacle? Here Is How To Create A Clean, Resilient Electrical Grid," 25 Feb. 2021 In order to create one centralized system, Kagan created a Google form that will feed a person's name and other personal information into a spreadsheet. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Chicago teen secures COVID-19 vaccine appointments for hundreds of seniors," 25 Feb. 2021 Freezing water and blackouts wreaked havoc on everything from wells in the prolific Permian Basin to pipelines and regional storage facilities that feed power plants across the state. Collin Eaton, WSJ, "Texas Is Awash in Natural Gas. It Didn’t Help in the Storm," 24 Feb. 2021 Sleep, diet and social interaction are all important factors that feed good mental health. Allison Hope, CNN, "Yes, pandemic paranoia is real, experts say," 23 Feb. 2021 These are the microbes that feed and protect your plants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "You can wait for spring to garden for fresh greens, or you can grow delicious, leafy lettuces now," 12 Feb. 2021 Having nearly 200 million ratings and 75 million reviews on wines allows Vivino’s team to design all sorts of machine learning models that feed off the mass amounts of data. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "How digital sommelier Vivino is becoming a Netflix for wine," 30 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The story was a live feed, first posted at 9:33 a.m., and updated throughout the day. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: What's true about the Capitol riot, from antifa to BLM to Chuck Norris," 15 Jan. 2021 Your viewfinder is the screen on the back of the camera, which shows you a live feed directly from the sensor. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Hasselblad’s new $6,400 camera is weird and wonderful," 2 Jan. 2021 Eric Murfitt watched helplessly from a live security feed as looters trashed his downtown clothing store, Mercantile, during a riot on May 30. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Insurers balk at covering Portland businesses; brokers say downtown upheaval has made carriers wary," 12 Dec. 2020 Those who'd like to watch it from home will have the option to do so via live feed at 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "15 classic holiday plays and shows that you can see in person, virtually or both," 2 Dec. 2020 Either way, he was relegated to his home watching a private live feed of the All-22 coaching camera as his team won without him. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What it was like for Nick Saban watching Iron Bowl at home, yelling at TV," 29 Nov. 2020 There will be a GPS tracker on the fire engine so that families that want to catch a glimpse of St. Nick will see his location on a live feed to the company’s social media channels, Simpkins said. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "“A sign of the times:” Catonsville, Arbutus and Towson groups cancel Christmas tree lighting events, but Santa will ride on," 25 Nov. 2020 Watching the live video feed, an officer back at headquarters relayed the details to the police on the scene, who soon caught the man and took him into custody. New York Times, "Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves," 23 Nov. 2020 On Thursday night, after two weeks away from her nightly MSNBC show, Maddow returned with a live-feed broadcast from her living room. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Rachel Maddow warns viewers after partner tests positive for COVID-19: 'Don't get this thing'," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feed. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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
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 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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