food

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfüd How to pronounce food (audio) \

Definition of food

1a : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy also : such food together with supplementary substances (such as minerals, vitamins, and condiments) drought victims who don't have enough food to eat
b : inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution
2 : nutriment in solid form She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers.
3 : something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies food for thought Books were his mental food.

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Other Words from food

foodless \ ˈfüd-​ləs How to pronounce foodless (audio) \ adjective
foodlessness noun

Synonyms for food

Synonyms

bread, chow, chuck [chiefly West], comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table, tucker [chiefly Australian], viands, victuals, vittles

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Examples of food in a Sentence

a farmer who grows his own food drought victims who don't have enough food to eat She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers. What is your favorite food? fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods
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Recent Examples on the Web

The city of Missouri City is gearing up for the annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring music, art, food, movies and scholarship. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Juneteenth celebration takes shape in Missouri City," 10 June 2019 Features include food, refreshments, vendors and live entertainment. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Fourth of July events and fireworks shows around Indianapolis," 10 June 2019 One of the best new pop-ups in town comes from a chef who operates at the nexus of food, art and community in the backyard of a coffee shop in Highland Park. Jamie Feldmar, latimes.com, "Get breakfast pitas at ZoeFoodParty’s pop-up in Highland Park," 10 June 2019 News, the birthday festivities slash viewing party featured themed drinks and food, before the guests continued onto the next phase of Stassi’s celebration via a custom party bus. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Threw a "Handmaid's Tale" Birthday Party and Fans Are Not Happy," 9 June 2019 Explore the museum, enjoy kid-friendly food, and play in the giant sandbox. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train rides, a rodeo, zip lining, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 June 2019 Hanifaru Bay—whose unique shape concentrates planktonic food, thus attracting large numbers of manta rays and whale sharks—has become something of a model for sustainable manta tourism in the country. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 So grab the leash and head to one of these places that offer not only a dog-friendly environment, but seriously good food and drinks, too. Washington Post, "D.C.'s best dog-friendly patios," 8 June 2019 Families stay there free while their children are being hospitalized, with nearly all of their basic, daily expenses covered, from laundry to food, with spaces for play. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Ronald McDonald House sets goal for 40th anniversary," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of food

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

History and Etymology for food

Middle English fode, from Old English fōda; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder, Latin panis bread, pascere to feed

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More Definitions for food

food

noun

English Language Learners Definition of food

: the things that people and animals eat
: a particular kind of food
: substances taken in by plants and used for growth

food

noun
\ ˈfüd How to pronounce food (audio) \

Kids Definition of food

1 : the material that people and animals eat : material containing carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and supplements (as minerals and vitamins) that is taken in by and used in the living body for growth and repair and as a source of energy for activities
2 : inorganic substances (as nitrate and carbon dioxide) taken in by green plants and used to build organic nutrients
3 : organic materials (as sugar and starch) formed by plants and used in their growth and activities
4 : solid food as distinguished from drink

food

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfüd How to pronounce food (audio) \

Medical Definition of food

1 : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy also : such material together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)
2 : nutriment in solid form

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