Meaning of FEED in English

FEED

/ fiːd; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

( fed , fed / fed; NAmE /)

GIVE / EAT FOOD

1.

feed sb/sth (on) sth | feed sth to sb/sth to give food to a person or an animal :

[ vn ]

Have you fed the cat yet?

The baby can't feed itself yet (= can't put food into its own mouth) .

The cattle are fed on barley.

[ vnn , vn ]

The cattle are fed barley.

The barley is fed to the cattle.

2.

[ v ] ( of a baby or an animal ) to eat food :

Slugs and snails feed at night.

—see also feed on / off sth

3.

[ vn ] to provide food for a family or group of people :

They have a large family to feed.

There's enough here to feed an army.

PLANT

4.

[ vn ] to give a plant a special substance to make it grow :

Feed the plants once a week.

GIVE ADVICE / INFORMATION

5.

feed sb sth | feed sth to sb to give advice, information, etc. to sb/sth :

[ vnn , vn ]

We are constantly fed gossip and speculation by the media.

Gossip and speculation are constantly fed to us by the media.

SUPPLY

6.

[ vn ] feed A (with B) | feed B into A to supply sth to sb/sth :

The electricity line is fed with power through an underground cable.

Power is fed into the electricity line through an underground cable.

PUT INTO MACHINE

7.

[ vn ] feed A (with B) | feed B into A | feed sth (into / through sth) to put or push sth into or through a machine :

He fed coins into the meter.

He fed the meter with coins.

The fabric is fed through the machine.

SATISFY NEED

8.

[ vn ] to satisfy a need, desire, etc. and keep it strong :

For drug addicts, the need to feed the addiction takes priority over everything else.

IDIOMS

- feed your face

—more at bite verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- feed back (into / to sth)

- feed (sth) back (to sb)

- feed into sth

- feed on / off sth

- feed through (to sb/sth)

- feed sb up

■ noun

MEAL FOR BABY / ANIMAL

1.

[ C ] a meal of milk for a young baby; a meal for an animal :

her morning feed

FOR ANIMALS / PLANTS

2.

[ U , C ] food for animals or plants :

winter feed for the horses

FOR MACHINE

3.

[ U ] material supplied to a machine

4.

[ C ] a pipe, device, etc. which supplies a machine with sth :

the cold feed to the water cylinder

The printer has an automatic paper feed.

LARGE MEAL

5.

[ C ] ( informal ) a large meal :

They needed a bath and a good feed.

TELEVISION PROGRAMMES

6.

[ U ] ( NAmE ) television programmes that are sent from a central station to other stations in a network; the system of sending out these programmes :

network feed

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English fēdan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voeden and food .

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