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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 ​ourdinner after. [+ two objects] Do you feed ​yourchickenscorn? If you feed ​yourdog onbiscuits, it's not ​surprising he's so ​fat. The ​kidslove feeding ​bread to the ​ducks.
C1 [I or T] If a ​baby or ​animal feeds, it ​eats or ​drinksmilk: The ​baby only feeds ​once a ​night at the ​moment, ​thankgoodness. Most ​babies can feed themselves by the ​time they're a ​yearold.
[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 ​plantsubstances 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 oversatellitenetworks to ​broadcastersthroughout the ​world. [+ two objects] A ​member of ​staff had been feeding the ​newspaperinformation/feeding ​information to the ​newspaper. Several ​smallstreams 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.


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] foodeaten by ​animals that are not ​kept as ​pets: cattle/​animal feed
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[C] old-fashioned a ​largemeal
  • 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
(Definition of feed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"feed" in American English

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 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 ​parkingmeter.
[T] If someone feeds you ​information, that ​persontells you things that may not be ​completelytrue: They fed him a ​line about how ​important this ​work is to ​ourcountry.

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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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 ​dailyupdates to ​salesteams.feed sth into sth The ​data is fed into a ​computer and ​analysed.feed into sth A ​rise in ​oilprices will feed into the ​economy and cause ​generalinflation.
Phrasal verbs


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/​videocontent, 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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