feed·​ing ˈfē-diŋ How to pronounce feeding (audio)
: the act or process of eating or being fed
For a while zoos tried to control feeding by providing vending machines with pellets, but most have now banned it entirely.Phillip T. Robinson
often used before another noun
a feeding schedule
feeding behavior
: an instance of feeding
two a.m. feedings
ready for a feeding

Examples of feeding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, with a high-school diploma and zero medical education or professional licenses, Bach spearheaded treatments for babies and young children, which included hooking up IV drips, feeding sessions, prescribing medications, giving blood transfusions and handling other procedures. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 Pollutants in the river have both contaminated the porpoises and killed off their potential prey, thus limiting their feeding options. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 23 Sep. 2023 Now that Juliet is home with her two sisters, the family has once again settled into a routine of diaper changes, late-night feedings and afternoon naps. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 Easily attracted with an offering of raw, whole peanuts, black sunflower seeds or meal worms, their feeding antics can be quite comical. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Actions prioritizing the nuclear program over the feeding of your people seem irrational, Seiler said. Ellen Knickmeyer, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Kenya has also earmarked 5 billion shillings ($36 million) to expand the existing national school feeding program from 1 million children to 4 million and hopes to allocate more funding if more counties join the plan. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Sep. 2023 Guilbeau, who’s had a decade of experience feeding showbiz folks on the road, is never one to back away from a challenge. Wire Services, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 At the Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences, Kamala Bakht, a doctor in the infant nutrition center, said that the number of low birth weight babies entering the feeding program had been steadily increasing since 2018 - from about 40 to 55 a month. Annie Gowen, Niko Kommenda and Saiyna Bashir, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feeding was before the 12th century

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“Feeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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