Meaning of “feed” in the English Dictionary

"feed" in British English

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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.
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.
[ + 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:

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[ C ] old-fashioned a large meal

feed noun (INFORMATION)

a web page, screen, etc. that updates (= changes) often to show the latest information:

Your Twitter feed refreshes automatically to show new tweets.

(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 /fiːd/ us 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.

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feednoun

uk /fiːd/ us

[ 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)