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Dictionary Definition

feed n : food for domestic livestock [syn: provender]


1 provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
2 give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat" [syn: give] [ant: starve]
3 feed into; supply; "Her success feeds her vanity"
4 introduce continuously; "feed carrots into a food processor" [syn: feed in]
5 support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"
6 take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?" [syn: eat]
7 serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
8 move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: run, flow, course]
9 profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity" [syn: prey]
10 gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feast]
11 provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants" [syn: fertilize, fertilise] [also: fed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'fid/
  • /'fid/


fēdan, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch voeden, Swedish föda.


  1. to give food to eat, nurture
    Feed the dog every evening.
  2. to eat (usually of animals)
    Spiders feed on gnats and flies.
  3. To give to a machine to be processed.
    Feed the paper gently into the document shredder.
    We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.


to give food to eat
to eat


  1. Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.
    They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.
  2. Something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed.
  3. A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
    They held a crab feed on the beach.
  4. Encapsulated online content that you can subscribe to with a feed reader. Used often for reading blog and news updates.


food given to (especially herbivorous) animals
  • German: Futter
something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed
  • German: Einspeisung
a gathering to eat, especially in quantity
  • German: Futtern, Fütterung
encapsulated online content that you can subscribe to with a feed reader

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Feed may refer to:
Inserting one thing into another:
(Information from Federal Standard 1037C and MIL-STD-188)
Popular culture
  • In metalworking, feed describes the rate at which a tool advances into the workpiece. The term speeds and feeds combines two important conditions that affect cutting tool life and metal removal rates.
FEED may refer to:

See also

  • Feederism is a sexual fetish involving the submissive partner in a relationship being fed to the stage of obesity by the dominant one for sexual gratification.
feed in German: Feed
feed in French: Feed

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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