feed

verb
\ ˈfēd How to pronounce feed (audio) \
fed\ ˈfed How to pronounce feed (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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the late 1970s, the state set a goal of preserving 130,000 acres of farmland, a number thought necessary for the state to be able to feed itself. Tom Condon, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2022 With plenty of fuel to feed it, the fire keeps burning. Dr. Genevieve Yang, ABC News, 3 June 2022 People should keep their distance from wild alligators and not feed them. al, 31 May 2022 Her daughter has severe milk and soy allergies, and Andrea couldn’t produce enough milk to feed her. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 As a result, the vulnerable are falling victim, including children but also mothers struggling to feed themselves along with their families. Rahim Faiez, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2022 Prosecutors presented evidence this week that Mr. Sussmann worked with cyber-researchers and opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to produce the claims on behalf of the Clinton campaign, and to feed them to the FBI. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Two days ago, Clover had a gastrostomy tube, or G-tube, surgically placed directly into her stomach so her parents could feed her more easily. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 19 May 2022 Right on the outskirts of Yellow Springs lies an unassuming entrance to Glen Helen Nature Preserve with its 20-plus miles of trails tucked into the forest, and much of which follows Yellow Springs Creek, Birch Creek and other springs that feed them. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The family has owned the animal feed mill since 1952. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Potential uses include using the smaller window for a social media feed or using one window for pulling information from and another for taking notes and writing. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 13 June 2022 Over the past three decades, the Department of Justice has busted international cartels for a variety of commodities, including vitamins, liquid crystal display panels, and animal feed additives. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 10 June 2022 Rising costs for feed and other expenses are leading ranchers to sell their calves into feedlots at a faster pace, according to federal data, leaving fewer cattle available for slaughter later this year and in 2023. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 28 May 2022 Hemp can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, textiles, apparel, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, animal feed and of course CBD! The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 The prices of animal feed like hay, corn and alfalfa — much of it imported from Russia and Ukraine — have doubled and tripled in recent months. New York Times, 17 May 2022 The rest is mostly field corn, which is used to make biofuels, animal feed and food additives. Deepak Ray, The Conversation, 13 May 2022 While culling your social feed can be helpful in setting your boundaries, adding positive accounts to it can be a benefit, too. Kate Willsky, SELF, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for feed

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 feed (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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