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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: [U] baby/​cat food [C] There were a lot of ​frozen foods in the ​refrigerator.
Sometimes food ​means only the ​solidmaterialeaten 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 British English

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foodnoun [C or U]

uk   /fuːd/  us   /fuːd/
A1 something that ​people and ​animalseat, or ​plantsabsorb, 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"food" in Business English

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uk   us   /fuːd/
[U] something that ​people eat to ​keep them alive: The country has become a huge ​importer of ​rawmaterials such as cotton, ​steel, and food ​products. The problem is that many ​smallcompanies don't ​register their ​products as food additives, thus ​avoidingsupervision. the food ​business/​industry a food ​company/​distributor/​retailer food ​labelling/​manufacturing/​packaging
[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)
Translations of “food”
in Korean 음식…
in Arabic طَعام…
in Malaysian makanan…
in French nourriture…
in Russian пища, еда…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 食品, (供植物生長的)養料…
in Italian cibo…
in Turkish yiyecek, besin, gıda…
in Polish jedzenie, żywność, pożywienie…
in Spanish comida, alimento…
in Vietnamese lương thực…
in Portuguese comida, alimento…
in Thai อาหาร…
in German das Essen, das Futter…
in Catalan aliments, menjar…
in Japanese 食べ物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 食品, (供植物生长的)养料…
in Indonesian makanan…
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