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

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 Ride-hailing firms such as Uber, among others, can then feed these predictions into their systems to optimise driving routes. The Economist, "Infrastructure Should data be crunched at the centre or at the edge?," 22 Feb. 2020 The data are then fed through an AI program that analyzes responses to assess a candidate's abilities. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Job hunters face a new hurdle: Impressing AI," 20 Feb. 2020 Winning elections feeds electability arguments: Sanders now is seen as the candidate with the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, 11 points above Biden and 12 above Bloomberg. Rick Klein And, ABC News, "The Note: Bloomberg set for debate spotlight amid Sanders' rise," 19 Feb. 2020 Dissatisfied with the food served to different levels in a prison, one man tries to make sure every inmate is fed enough. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Netflix: Everything coming (and disappearing) in March 2020 (including 'Ozark')," 19 Feb. 2020 What is now Peru’s capital, located in a valley irrigated by three rivers fed from the Andes, housed human civilizations thousands of years before the Spanish arrived in 1535. Washington Post, "Peru gas workers unearth centuries of history in Lima’s soil," 18 Feb. 2020 The woman who loved to invite, then feed and entertain guests in her home, had slowed down. Tim Botos, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio couple dies hours apart after 67 years of marriage," 14 Feb. 2020 Kuraly, not known for his hands, expertly fed Pastrnak a lead pass. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Observations from the Bruins’ ‘Pasta party’ vs. the Canadiens," 12 Feb. 2020 The two snowmobile drivers—both young Dutch men who work in Lapland during the winter season—fed us marshmallows and more blueberry juice. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Solo Trip to the Arctic Helped Me Find Comfort Among Strangers," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This nipple sensitivity is usually limited to the first few suckles of the feed. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Postpartum Care Tips OB/Gyns Wish You Knew," 5 Feb. 2020 Set up in the right circle off of Marchand’s feed, his shot hit goalie Devan Dubnyk’s arm, then hit the post, and then ricocheted into the net off Dubnyk’s back. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins have an easy time of it against Wild," 1 Feb. 2020 On Discord, anonymous benefactors distribute links to soccer livestreams like handfuls of pigeon feed at the park. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy," 15 Jan. 2020 From that moment on, Joaquin Castro’s Twitter feed has been filled with retweets of posts that shared and praised the news of his brother’s advocacy on Warren’s behalf. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Joaquin Castro – like his twin brother, Julián – endorses Elizabeth Warren for president," 14 Jan. 2020 Yet that same outbreak could reduce China’s need for American soybeans: Fewer hogs could mean less demand for soybeans and other sources of feed. Josh Funk, Washington Post, "At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases," 26 Dec. 2019 Karlsson’s feed from behind to net slipped past defense partner Marc-Edouard Vlasic for a turnover. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "Jets overpower Sharks — San Jose’s win streak ends at 3," 27 Nov. 2019 Isn’t winding up as part of Lil Uzi Vert’s Instagram video feed enough? A.d. Amorosi, chicagotribune.com, "Album Review: Celine Dion’s ‘Courage’," 15 Nov. 2019 Traditional livestock farming is carbon intensive, thanks to factors that range from landscape changes such as cutting trees for pastures, to the production of nitrogen fertilizers needed for huge amounts of feed. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "From chickens to chestnuts: Where farmers work the old-fashioned way," 14 Nov. 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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Last Updated

23 Feb 2020

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“Feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feed. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for feed

feed

verb
How to pronounce feed (audio)

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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