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feedverb

uk   /fiːd/  us   /fiːd/ (fed, fed)
  • 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 was more of a 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.

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  • 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.

feednoun

uk   /fiːd/  us   /fiːd/
  • 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
(Definition of feed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"feed" in American English

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feedverb

 us   /fid/ (past tense and past participle fed  /fed/ )
  • feed verb (GIVE FOOD)

[I/T] to give food to a person or animal, or of an animal to eat: [T] We fed the kids some leftovers. [I] The cows were feeding in the pasture.
[I/T] If you feed a plant, you give it substances that help it grow.
  • feed verb (SUPPLY)

[T] to supply something, esp. regularly or continuously: We had to keep feeding quarters into the parking meter.
[T] If someone feeds you information, that person tells you things that may not be completely true: They fed him a line about how important this work is to our country.

feednoun [U]

 us   /fid/
  • feed noun [U] (FOOD)

food for animals, esp. animals that are not kept as pets: chicken feed
(Definition of feed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"feed" in Business English

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feedverb

uk   us   /fiːd/ (fed, fed)
[T] to give food to a person, group, or animal: These microwave meals feed two people. If agriculture were given priority, the country would soon be able to feed itself.
[I] to eat something: feed on sth The beef cattle feed on grass and soya meal.
[I or T] to supply something to a person or thing, or put something into a machine or system, especially in a regular or continuous way: Air is carried through a series of pipes to feed the furnace.feed sth to sb/sth The new system feeds daily updates to sales teams.feed sth into sth The data is fed into a computer and analysed.feed into sth A rise in oil prices will feed into the economy and cause general inflation.
Phrasal verbs

feednoun

uk   us   /fiːd/
[U] food eaten by farm animals: The potato waste is used for cattle feed.
[C] the part of a machine through which it is supplied with fuel or with something else that it needs: The printer has three paper feeds. the car's oil feed
[C] IT an RSS feed : If you have a website, blog, audio/video content, or even photos, you can offer a feed of your content as an option.
(Definition of feed from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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