spoon-feed

verb
\ˈspün-ˌfēd \
spoon-fed\ˈspün-ˌfed \; spoon-feeding

Definition of spoon-feed 

transitive verb

1 : to feed by means of a spoon

2a : to present (information) so completely as to preclude independent thought spoon-feed material to students

b : to present information to in this manner

First Known Use of spoon-feed

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spoon-feed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spoon-feed

: to feed (someone) with a spoon

: to give someone information in a way that requires or allows no further thinking or effort

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