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 Fishermen are doing best targeting walleye feeding close to the surface very early in the day, and probing deeper water when the sun is high overhead. cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye catches outstanding; Brecksville dam removal should boost spawning in Cuyahoga River: Fishing Report," 28 May 2020 Since late March, Bean’s Café has had a contract with the city to feed and house up to 480 people experiencing homelessness at Sullivan and Ben Boeke. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Ben Boeke Ice Arena to close as mass shelter for homeless on June 1," 27 May 2020 And some Chinese cities subsidise land for markets, in recognition of their important role in keeping locals fed and healthy, says Mr Si. The Economist, "Curbing zoonotic diseases Will wet markets be hung out to dry after the pandemic?," 26 May 2020 The waters of the Atlantic this year are exceptionally warm, ideal conditions for storms to form, feed and grow. Josh Priti, Fortune, "Europe pushes for a green recovery as the Trump Administration weakens environmental protections," 22 May 2020 Before the spawn, bass cruise to feed and look for bedding sites. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Sight Fish for Cruising Bass," 19 May 2020 While restaurants have been shut down, Lee's 610 Magnolia pivoted and, through the Lee Initiative, launched the Restaurant Workers Relief Program to feed and supply service industry employees who have lost their jobs to the coronavirus. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "'It's too soon.' Why these Kentucky restaurants are waiting to reopen their dining rooms," 18 May 2020 In 2018, the San Diego Zoo and its sister Safari Park spent more than two hundred million dollars on operations to feed and care for its animals. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Some Zoos, and Some of Their Animals, May Not Survive the Pandemic," 18 May 2020 Siphonophores are transparent, gelatinous animals made of clusters of cells that are highly specialized for functions such as feeding and locomotion. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Portugal plans for a green future, and more," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This, and the fact that he was obscured from view in his video feed, raised suspicions among some of the other drivers. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Audi parks driver for using a ringer in charity esports race," 26 May 2020 The video ads start after users click a 15-second video preview in their main Instagram feed and are taken to IGTV to watch the full clip. Sarah Frier, Bloomberg.com, "Instagram Will Help Its Stars Make More Money, Taking on YouTube," 26 May 2020 His wife, Tabitha, read news of the two dams failing north of Midland last week, destroyed homes and tattered lives in her Facebook feed, and decided the family of four would head north from their home just north of Lafayette, Louisiana. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "They drove 19 hours to make gumbo for Michigan flood victims," 26 May 2020 Feeding the Animals: Cups of animal feed will be available for purchase towards the entrance of the event for $5 (remove price). Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "With Florence Y'alls sidelined, UC Health Stadium welcomes drive-thru animal farm," 15 May 2020 Facebook has for years put fact-checking material in its news feed to warn users about false information, although how effective those measures have been is in dispute. David Ingram, NBC News, "Twitter to add labels on questionable virus info: 'Get the facts about COVID-19'," 11 May 2020 On Tuesday, Union, 47, shared a throwback photo of the trip to her Instagram Stories, the pic reappearing in her feed thanks to the Timehop app. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Gabrielle Union Shares Never-Before-Seen Pic of Herself Shopping for Her Wedding Dress in 2014," 6 May 2020 Commission opinions are persuasive authority for attorneys who provide advice to public officials throughout the state. For those unfamiliar with Ross, a cursory review of his Twitter feed reveals some of the vilest commentary imaginable. Jake Curtis, National Review, "A Dubious Appointment to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission," 1 May 2020 Hackers gains access to a Zoom meeting and attempt to disrupt the video chat and upset participants by shouting profanity or racial slurs, or putting disturbing or offensive images in their video feed. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Zoom meetings keep getting hacked. Here’s how to prevent ‘zoom bombing’ on your video chats," 2 Apr. 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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Last Updated

31 May 2020

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“Feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feed. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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