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feed  (fd)
v. fed (fd), feed·ing, feeds
v.tr.
1.
a. To give food to; supply with nourishment: feed the children.
b. To provide as food or nourishment: fed fish to the cat.
2.
a. To serve as food for: The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.
b. To produce food for: The valley feeds an entire county.
3.
a. To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation: feed logs to a fire; feed data into a computer.
b. To supply with something essential for growth, maintenance, or operation: Melting snow feeds the reservoirs.
c. To distribute (a local radio or television broadcast) to a larger audience or group of receivers by way of a network or satellite.
4.
a. To minister to; gratify: fed their appetite for the morbid.
b. To support or promote; encourage: His unexplained absences fed our suspicions.
5. To supply as a cue: feed lines to an actor.
6. Sports To pass a ball or puck to (a teammate), especially to set up a scoring chance.
v.intr.
1. To eat: pigs feeding at a trough.
2. To be nourished or supported: an ego that feeds on flattery.
3.
a. To move steadily, as into a machine for processing.
b. To be channeled; flow: This road feeds into the freeway.
n.
1.
a. Food for animals or birds.
b. The amount of such food given at one time.
2. Informal A meal, especially a large one.
3. The act of eating.
4.
a. Material or an amount of material supplied, as to a machine or furnace.
b. The act of supplying such material.
5.
a. An apparatus that supplies material to a machine.
b. The aperture through which such material enters a machine.
6.
a. The transmission or conveyance of a local radio or television program, as by satellite, on the Internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.
b. A program or signal so transmitted or conveyed.
7. Sports A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.
Idiom:
off (ones) feed
Suffering a lack of appetite; sick: The dog is off its feed this week.

[Middle English feden, from Old English fdan; see p- in Indo-European roots.]


feed  /fid/  n. 1 [U] grain or other food supplied to animals: Each morning the farmer gives the cows their feed. 2 [U] infrml. a meal, esp. a large one: Weve worked hard all day, so lets go have a good feed. 3 [C] material supplied to a machine 4 [C] the device used to supply material to the machine: The feed on the printer is broken. 5 [U] chicken feed: a small amount of money (said with strong disapproval): Hes crazy to think we will work on Sundays for chicken feed.
v. fed /fd/, feeding, feeds 1 [T] to provide with food: She gets up early every morning to feed her baby.||The farmer feeds his cows. 2 [I] to take in as food: Big fish feed on smaller fish. 3 fig. [T] to supply with s.t., such as information or material: The accounting department feeds information to the other departments in the company.||A worker feeds wood into the machine. 4 to spoon feed: to inform s.o. in little steps as one feeds a baby with a spoon: Whenever he has a computer problem, I have to spoon feed him the solution. See: bite (the hand that feeds).

Thesaurus: feed v. 1 to nourish 2 to eat, consume | dine on 3 to furnish, provide (information). feed

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