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daI iht
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the food and drink ordinarily consumed by a person, animal, or group of such.
The diet of a newborn baby consists of mother's milk or infant formula.Rodents are a primary constituent of an owl's diet.
similar words:
alimentation, fare, food, nourishment, nutrition, victuals
definition 2: a special selection of food and drink, esp. for medical purposes or the correction of physical problems.
His doctor put him on a low-salt diet.I'm going on a diet to try to lose some weight.She's not eating desserts these days because she's on a diet.
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definition 3: anything supplied or experienced on a regular basis.
He gets a steady diet of criticism from his father.
similar words:
stream, supply
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: dieted, dieting, diets
definition 1: to limit or select one's own intake of food to improve health or lose weight.
He dieted for three months and lost some weight.
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definition 2: to feed.
The lost explorer dieted for weeks on grubs and roots.
eat, fare, feed
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to prescribe or regulate the food intake of.
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derivation: dieter (n.)
Word History
Diet comes from diaeta, a Latin word that means "a recommended way of life." This Latin word came from a Greek word that meant "to select food and drink."
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  • dietary:
    having to do with diet.
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diet influences
broader categories that include diet
some activities associated with diet
some kinds of diets
some parts of a diet