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feed

verb uk   /fiːd/ (fed, fed) us  

feed verb (GIVE FOOD)

B1 [T] to give food to a person, group, or animal: I usually feed the neighbour's cat while she's away. Let's feed the kids first and have our dinner after. [+ two objects] Do you feed your chickens corn? If you feed your dog on biscuits, it's not surprising he's so fat. The kids love feeding bread to the ducks. C1 [I or T] If a baby or animal feeds, it eats or drinks milk: The baby only feeds once a night at the moment, thank goodness. Most babies can feed themselves by the time they're a year old. [T] to be enough food for a group of people or animals: This amount of pasta won't feed ten people. [T] to produce or supply enough food for someone or something: If agriculture were given priority, the country would easily be able to feed itself. Feed the world/starving. [T] to give a plant substances that will help it grow: Don't forget to feed the tomatoes.

feed verb (PUT)

C1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to supply something to a person or thing, or put something into a machine or system, especially in a regular or continuous way: The vegetables are fed into the machine at this end. The images are fed over satellite networks to broadcasters throughout the world. [+ two objects] A member of staff had been feeding the newspaper information/feeding information to the newspaper. Several small streams feed into (= join) the river near here. [T] to put fuel on or inside something that burns, to keep it burning: Remember to feed the fire while I'm out.

feed

noun uk   /fiːd/ us  

feed noun (FOOD)

[C] UK (US feeding) an occasion when a baby has something to eat or drink: The baby had a feed an hour ago, so she can't be hungry. [U] food eaten by animals that are not kept as pets: cattle/animal feed
See also
[C] old-fashioned a large meal

feed noun (MACHINE PART)

[C] the part of a machine through which it is supplied with fuel or with something else that it needs: the car's oil feed the printer's paper feed
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