feed·​ing ˈfē-diŋ How to pronounce feeding (audio)
: the act or process of eating or being fed
For a while zoos tried to control feeding by providing vending machines with pellets, but most have now banned it entirely.Phillip T. Robinson
often used before another noun
a feeding schedulefeeding behavior
: an instance of feeding
two a.m. feedings
ready for a feeding

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Activities include fishing, duck feeding, arts and crafts and more. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 9 Mar. 2023 Special draws include giraffe feeding, Treetop Trek Aerial Adventures, a kangaroo walkabout and the chance to feed lorikeets. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Feb. 2023 Those projects focus on feeding, housing, educating and treating Dallas County residents. Dallas News, 3 Jan. 2023 But right now, about five to six hours each day is dedicated solely to cleaning, feeding, and caring for Nibi and Ziibi. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2022 This makes bottlenose dolphins vulnerable to human disturbances, such as feeding, or underwater noise, and larger threats, like recreational or commercial fishing and oil spills. Erin Berge, Discover Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 The smart technology enhances mealtime, feeding, entertainment, security and self-care. John Benson, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 Namely, the feeding of wild animals to promote a better tourist experience. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2022 Premature babies are at a greater risk for problems with feeding, breathing, vision and hearing, as well as behavioral issues. ABC News, 27 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of feeding was before the 12th century

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“Feeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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