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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.Giving food to people and animals 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.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowing [T] to be enough food for a group of people or animals: This amount of pasta won't feed ten people.Giving food to people and animals [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.Giving food to people and animals [T] to give a plant substances that will help it grow: Don't forget to feed the tomatoes.Improving fertility and pest control

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.Placing and positioning an object [T] to put fuel on or inside something that burns, to keep it burning: Remember to feed the fire while I'm out.FuelsPetroleum products especially when used as fuel

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.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowingMeals and parts of meals [U] food eaten by animals that are not kept as pets: cattle/animal feed
See also
Animal food
[C] old-fashioned a large mealMeals and parts of meals

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 feedMachine parts
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