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feed

feed

 
pronunciation:
fid
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: feeds, feeding, fed
definition 1: to provide food for or give food to.
She's feeding the baby now.Did you feed the cat?The soup kitchen feeds over fifty people a day.
synonyms:
nourish
similar words:
accommodate, board, cater, provision, purvey, sate, satiate, sustain, victual
definition 2: to be sufficient as food for.
This roast will feed four people.
synonyms:
nourish
similar words:
sustain
definition 3: to grow food for.
The land feeds the population.
synonyms:
nourish
similar words:
sustain
definition 4: to give as food.
You shouldn't feed chocolate to your dog.
definition 5: to support; reinforce.
Praise feeds his ego.Don't encourage his drinking; you're only feeding his addiction.
synonyms:
nourish, nurture, reinforce, strengthen
similar words:
encourage, support, sustain
definition 6: to supply with something necessary for maintenance.
We fed the fire once more to keep it going through the night.Several springs feed the lake.
definition 7: to insert and allow to be pulled or taken in.
She fed paper into the typewriter.
synonyms:
insert
similar words:
enter, put, stick
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to eat food; take nourishment.
Sheep feed on grass.The baby is feeding well now and gaining weight.
synonyms:
dine, eat, fare
similar words:
bite, diet, graze, subsist
definition 2: to take reinforcement or satisfaction.
Their fear feeds on itself.She feeds on high grades.
similar words:
strengthen, thrive
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: food for birds and animals, such as seeds, grain, or hay.
The price of feed jumped again this year.
synonyms:
fodder, food, forage, pasture, provender
similar words:
comestibles, edibles, supplies, viands, victuals
definition 2: the portion or amount of such food.
The mare ate only half of her feed.
synonyms:
fodder, food, forage, pasture, provender
similar words:
comestibles, edibles, supplies, viands, victuals
definition 3: (informal) a large meal, as at a celebration.
That was a great feed this year, especially the turkey and the pie!
synonyms:
banquet, dinner, repast
similar words:
feast, gorge, meal, spread
definition 4: a mechanism that supplies something to a process.
The copy machine has an automatic feed.
similar words:
inserter, mechanism
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