Verb feed Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


feed (third-person singular simple present feeds, present participle feeding, simple past and past participle fed)

  1. (transitive) To give (someone or something) food to eat.
  2. (intransitive) To eat (usually of animals).
  3. (transitive) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.
  4. (transitive) To give to a machine to be processed.
  5. (figuratively) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).
  6. To supply with something.
  7. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
  8. (sports, transitive) To pass to.
  9. (phonology, of a phonological rule) To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply.

(to give food to eat): nourish

to give food to eat
to eat See also translations at : eat
to give to a machine for processing

More definition: give food to; supply with nourishment, to feed a child. yield or serve as food for, This land has fed 10 generations. provide as food. furnish for consumption. satisfy; minister to; gratify, Poetry feeds the imagination. supply for maintenance or operation, as to a machine, to feed paper into a photocopier. provide with the necessary materials for development, maintenance, or operation, to feed a printing press with paper. use (land) as pasture.

9.Theater Informal. to supply (an actor, especially a comedian) with lines or action, the responses to which are expected to elicit laughter. to provide cues to (an actor). Chiefly British. to prompt, Stand in the wings and feed them their lines.

10.Radio andTelevision. to distribute (a local broadcast) via satellite or network.
1.(especially of animals) to take food; eat, cows feeding in a meadow; to feed well.1 be nourished or gratified; subsist, to feed on grass; to feed on thoughts of revenge.
1, especially for farm animals, as cattle, horses or chickens. 1 allowance, portion, or supply of such food. 1

5.Informal. a meal, especially a lavish one. 1

6.the act of feeding. 1

7.the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc. 1

8.the material, or the amount of it, so fed or supplied. 1

9.a feeding mechanism.

20.Electricity. feeder (def 10). 2
1.Theater Informal. a line spoken by one actor, the response to which by another actor is expected to cause laughter. an actor, especially a straight man, who provides such lines. 2

2.a local television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, especially nationwide or international. 2

3.Digital Technology. a website or application that publishes updates from social-media or news-collection websites in reverse chronological order, I follow all of the latest celebrity gossip in my Twitter XML-based web document that is updated automatically at predetermined intervals and includes descriptive titles or short descriptions and links to recent pages on a website, Subscribe to news feeds to get the latest news from around the world.

4.chain feed, to pass (work) successively into a machine in such a manner that each new piece is held in place by or connected to the one before. 2 one's feed, Slang. reluctant to eat; without appetite. dejected; sad. not well; ill.

1.a charge or payment for professional services, a doctor's fee.

2.a sum paid or charged for a privilege, an admission fee.

3.a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.

4.Law. an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs (fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail) an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services. a territory held in fee.

5.a gratuity; tip. give a fee to.

7.Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.

1. to give food to, to feed the cat

2. to give as food, to feed meat to the cat

3. (intransitive) to eat food, the horses feed at noon

4. to provide food for, these supplies can feed 10 million people

5. to provide what is necessary for the existence or development of, to feed one's imagination

6. to gratify; satisfy, to feed one's eyes on a beautiful sight

7. (also intransitive) to supply (a machine, furnace, etc) with (the necessary materials or fuel) for its operation, or (of such materials) to flow or move forwards into a machine, etc

8. to use (land) as grazing

9. (theatre, informal) to cue (an actor, esp a comedian) with lines or actions

10. (sport) to pass a ball to (a team-mate)1
1. (electronics) to introduce (electrical energy) into a circuit, esp by means of a feeder1

2. (also intransitive; foll by on or upon) to eat or cause to eat noun 1

3. the act or an instance of feeding1

4. food, esp that of animals or babies1

5. the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel1

6. the quantity of material or fuel so supplied1

7. (computing) a facility allowing web users to receive news headlines and updates on their browser from a website as soon as they are published1

8. the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc1

9. a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool

20. (theatre, informal) a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues2
1. (informal) a meal Derived Formsfeedable, adjective Word OriginOld English fēdan; related to Old Norse fœtha to feed, Old High German fuotan, Gothic fōthjan; see food, fodder fee /fiː/ noun
1. a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their services, a doctor's fee, school fees

2. a charge made for a privilege, an entrance fee

3. (property law) an interest in land capable of being inherited See fee simple, fee tail the land held in fee

4. (in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal

5. an obsolete word for a gratuity

6. in fee (law) (of land) in absolute ownership (archaic) in complete subjectionverb fees, feeing, feed

7. (rare) to give a fee to

8. (mainly Scot) to hire for a fee Derived Formsfeeless, adjective Word OriginC14, from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; see fiefCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English fedan "nourish, feed, sustain, foster," from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cf. Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 189

late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").
feed one's face feed someone a line feed the kitty also see, bite the hand that feeds you chicken feed off one's feed put on the feed bag The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Meanwhile the couple helped them feed the animals in exchange for reduced rent.

By that time the Giddon family would have felt the need to feed her two more times.

You'll feed them and everything?

How was she going to feed a baby?

Our company was supposed to analyze the reports.

"Alive or dead, their energy will feed you, daughter," her father said.

Come feed with me.

If the Dark One can't feed, he's going to massacre everyone in his path.

They're wild and might not even let us feed them.

In fact, if she'd stayed away from the beach this weekend altogether and had dinner with her doctor instead of causing her boyfriend to be eaten by a demon, she wouldn't be facing an Immortal mood beast or teaching Immortal children not to feed humans rocks.

Come. We'll feed you real food.

"My own brothers want me to break the Code to feed Sasha to the wolves," Kris muttered.

While these endeavors had produced zero income, the activities endeared him to the local ladies of the historical society who fluttered around the dapper gentleman like chicks at feed time.

You don't strike me as the type to feed ducks.

Now you must feed me, Dorothy, for I'm half starved.

So the problem must be that we have stretched the planet past its ability to feed its inhabitants, right?

Mildred does feed little chickens with crumbs.

It is hard to provide and cook so simple and clean a diet as will not offend the imagination; but this, I think, is to be fed when we feed the body; they should both sit down at the same table.

They feed you quite decently here, continued Telyanin.

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