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

board, cater, provision, victual

Synonyms: Noun

banquet, dinner, feast, regale, spread

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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

Before them is a panoramic view of the world outside their vehicle, brought to life by five high-definition video screens fed by cameras mounted outside the tank. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 Each receiver is fed by a single optical fiber, but each fiber carries multiple signals using different wavelength channels. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 2018 Its 18 canvas-sided cabins have plunge pools fed by natural hot springs. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 What began as a tentative relationship with outdoor photography has evolved into a full-on infatuation that’s fed by digging into the work of legends like Ansel Adams and Instagram’s most creative posters alike. Brent Rose, The Verge, "How to build a camera kit for adventure photography," 20 Nov. 2018 For the rest of the year, the only sign of life is the odd patch of bright green reeds, fed by underground water. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 But that growth has been fed by potentially unsustainable borrowing, both public and private. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 Part of the speculation has also been fed by Marchionne's penchant for making public overtures to other automakers, such as General Motors and Volkswagen. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "How likely is a Fiat Chrysler/Hyundai merger?," 2 July 2018 All along, the team’s following grew, fed by the popularity of international stars such as Darijo Srna, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, all of whom have played for the biggest clubs in Europe, from Barcelona to Manchester and back. Al Saracevic, SFChronicle.com, "In this case, it’s OK to root for a team," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Remember during the early days of Reputation when Taylor’s IG feed was full of snakes? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Says Fans Will Be "First to Know" When New Music Is Coming," 15 Mar. 2019 During the ceremony, pregnant Meghan was spotted on live feed camera by the BBC, appearing to tear up during an emotional moment. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Was Caught Crying at the Commonwealth Service," 12 Mar. 2019 In fact, Vanderbilt's feed happens to be one of the most charming on the internet as a whole. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Anderson Cooper Pays Tribute to His Mother Gloria Vanderbilt on Her 95th Birthday," 20 Feb. 2019 The software then goes through the example images, completing a two-step process for each one: The feed-forward step computes the network's output values, given the input image and the network's current parameters. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 However, experimental studies aren’t possible because researchers would have to assign mothers randomly to breast-feed or not. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Downside of Carrying the Most Weight at Work," 29 Jan. 2019 Thanks to her, all senators now have the right to bring a child under one year old onto the floor and breast-feed during votes. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Posted by Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Maximillian was happy to step in and be the first person to breast feed his daughter. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photos of "breast-feeding" dad go viral," 3 July 2018 Rather than opening up your cell phone and getting on whatever feed. Amy Spencer, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Us," 12 Feb. 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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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 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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