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feed
feed1 W2S1 [fi:d] v past tense and past participle fed [fed]
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1¦(give food)¦
2¦(plant)¦
3¦(animal/baby)¦
4 well-fed/under-fed/poorly-fed
5¦(computer)¦
6¦(supply something)¦
7¦(put something into something)¦
8¦(increase emotion)¦
9 feed an addiction/need etc
10¦(information)¦
11¦(sport)¦
12 feed lines/jokes to somebody
13 feed your face
14¦(tv/radio)¦
15 feed somebody a line
Phrasal verbs
 feed back
 feed into something
 feed off something
 feed on something
 feed somebody up
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[: Old English; Origin: fedan; related to food]
1.) ¦(GIVE FOOD)¦ [T]
a) to give food to a person or animal
Have you fed the cat?
feed yourself
She was too weak to feed herself.
feed sth to sb
Several children were feeding bread to the ducks.
feed sb on/with sth
They were fed well on her mother's home cooking.
b) to provide enough food for a group of people
groceries to feed a family of five
The prison is required to feed and clothe the prisoners.
2.) ¦(PLANT)¦ [T]
to give a special substance to a plant, which helps it grow
Feed the tomatoes once a week.
feed sth with sth
Feed houseplants with a liquid fertiliser.
3.) ¦(ANIMAL/BABY)¦
if a baby or an animal feeds, they eat
Frogs generally feed at night.
Let your baby feed as long as she wants.
4.) well-fed/under-fed/poorly-fed
having plenty of food or not enough food
a well-dressed, well-fed woman
5.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put information into a computer over a period of time
feed sth into sth
Figures are fed into the computer, which then predicts the likely profit.
6.) ¦(SUPPLY SOMETHING)¦ [T]
to supply something, especially a liquid, gas, or electricity
The public baths are fed by natural springs.
feed sth to sth
The sound is fed directly to the headphones.
feed sth with sth
Laura crouched by the fire, feeding it with dry sticks.
7.) ¦(PUT SOMETHING INTO SOMETHING)¦ [T]
to put something into something else, especially gradually and through a small hole
feed sth into/through sth
A tube was fed down the patient's throat into her stomach.
feed sth into sth
She fed her last two coins into the machine for a cup of coffee.
Shelton fed the electricity meter .
8.) ¦(INCREASE EMOTION)¦ [T]
to increase the strength of an emotion, desire etc
Her depression grew, fed by her bitter experiences.
9.) feed an addiction/need etc
to satisfy a strong need, such as a need for a drug
He committed both crimes to feed his addiction to heroin.
10.)¦(INFORMATION)¦ [T]
to give someone information or ideas over a period time
feed sb with sth
She feeds the media with stories, which is a way of getting free advertising.
feed sth to sb
US intelligence had been feeding false information to a KGB agent.
11.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [T]
to throw or hit a ball to someone else on your team, especially so that they can make a point
feed sth to sb
Johnson fed the ball to Kyman, who scored.
12.) feed lines/jokes to sb
to say things to another performer so that they can make jokes
13.) feed your face [i]informal
to eat a lot of food
= ↑stuff yourself
14.) ¦(TV/RADIO)¦ [T]
to send a television or radio programme somewhere so that it can be broadcast
15.) feed sb a line informal
to tell someone something which is not true, so that they will do what you want
→↑breast-feed, force-feed, spoon-feed,mouth to feed atmouth1 (10)
feed back phr v
to give advice or criticism to someone about something they have done
feed back on
We're just waiting for the manager to feed back on it.
feed sth<=>back (to sb)
I am grateful to all those who fed back their comments.
They feed back to the government the reactions of the people affected.
feed into [feed into sth] phr v
to have an effect on something or help to make it happen
The influence of Italian designer fashion feeds into sports fashion.
feed off [feed off sth] phr v
1.) if an animal feeds off something, it gets food from it
birds that feed off the seeds from trees
2.) to use something to increase, become stronger, or succeed - sometimes used to show disapproval
fad diets that feed off our desire to be thin
feed on [feed on sth] phr v
1.) if an animal feeds on a particular food, it usually eats that food
Owls feed on mice and other small animals.
2.) if a feeling or process feeds on something, it becomes stronger because of it
Prejudice feeds on ignorance.
feed up [feed sb up] phr v
to give someone a lot of food to make them more healthy
American Equivalent: fatten up
feed 2
feed2 n
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1¦(baby)¦
2¦(animal food)¦
3¦(supply)¦
4¦(tv/radio/computer)¦
5¦(meal)¦
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1.) ¦(BABY)¦ BrE
one of the times when you give milk to a small baby
the two a.m. feed
2.) ¦(ANIMAL FOOD)¦[U]
food for animals
fish feed
3.) ¦(SUPPLY)¦
a tube or piece of equipment which supplies a machine with something, especially ↑fuel
4.) ¦(TV/RADIO/COMPUTER)¦ [U and C]
when a television or radio signal, computer information etc is sent somewhere, or the connection that is used to do this
a live satellite feed from the space station
5.) ¦(MEAL)¦ old-fashioned a big meal

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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