Meaning of FEED in English


Pronunciation: ' f ē d

Function: verb

Inflected Form: fed \ ' fed \ ; feed · ing

Etymology: Middle English feden, from Old English f ē dan; akin to Old English f ō da food ― more at FOOD

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1 a : to give food to b : to give as food

2 a : to furnish something essential to the development, sustenance, maintenance, or operation of <reading feed s the mind> b : to supply (material to be operated on) to a machine

3 : to produce or provide food for


5 a (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

1 a : to consume food : EAT b : PREY ― used with on, upon, or off

2 : to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food

3 a : to become channeled or directed b : to move into a machine or opening in order to be used or processed

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.