food

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noun, often attributive \ˈfüd\

Definition of food

  1. 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 eatb :  inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution

  2. 2 :  nutriment in solid form She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers.

  3. 3 :  something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies food for thought Books were his mental food.

foodless

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foodlessness

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Examples of food in a Sentence

  1. a farmer who grows his own food

  2. drought victims who don't have enough food to eat

  3. She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers.

  4. What is your favorite food?

  5. fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods

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Origin and Etymology of food

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


First Known Use: before 12th century



FOOD Defined for English Language Learners

food

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Definition of food for English Language Learners

  • : the things that people and animals eat

  • : a particular kind of food

  • : substances taken in by plants and used for growth


FOOD Defined for Kids

food

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noun \ˈfüd\

Definition of food for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  inorganic substances (as nitrate and carbon dioxide) taken in by green plants and used to build organic nutrients

  3. 3 :  organic materials (as sugar and starch) formed by plants and used in their growth and activities

  4. 4 :  solid food as distinguished from drink


Medical Dictionary

food

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noun , often attributive \ˈfüd\

Medical Definition of food

  1. 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. 2:  nutriment in solid form



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