Meaning of “food” in the English Dictionary

"food" in British English

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foodnoun [ C or U ]

uk /fuːd/ us /fuːd/

A1 something that people and animals eat, or plants absorb, to keep them alive:

baby food
cat food
plant food
There was a lot of food and drink at the party.
I'm allergic to certain foods.

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(Definition of “food” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"food" in American English

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foodnoun [ C/U ]

us /fud/

something that can be taken in by an animal and used to keep it alive and allow it to grow or develop, or such things considered as a whole:

[ C ] There were a lot of frozen foods in the refrigerator.

Sometimes food means only the solid material eaten by animals, and not liquids:

[ U ] He has had no food or drink for 24 hours.

(Definition of “food” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"food" in Business English

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uk /fuːd/ us

[ U ] something that people eat to keep them alive:

The country has become a huge importer of raw materials such as cotton, steel, and food products.
The problem is that many small companies don't register their products as food additives, thus avoiding supervision.
the food business/industry

[ C or U ] a particular type of food:

Sales of organic food are growing rapidly.
chilled/frozen/convenience foods
baby/cat/dog food

(Definition of “food” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)