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feed

verb (GIVE FOOD)    /fiːd/ (fed, fed)
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 cakes and 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
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