feed

To feed someone is to give them something to eat. Part of your daily morning routine might be remembering to feed your cat.

When you feed a dog, you put food in his bowl, and when you feed your extended family, you might cook them a Thanksgiving feast. Animals are sometimes said "to feed," or to consume or eat, and you can also use the word to mean "food for an animal," or "to supply or promote." The Old English root is fedan, "nourish, sustain, or foster."

Definitions of feed
  1. verb
    provide as food
    Feed the guests the nuts”
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  2. verb
    give food to
    Feed the starving children in India”
    synonyms: give
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    Antonyms:
    famish, starve
    deprive of food
    starve
    deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
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    dine
    give dinner to; host for dinner
    scavenge
    feed on carrion or refuse
    fodder
    give fodder (to domesticated animals)
    slop, swill
    feed pigs
    regurgitate
    feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
    corn
    feed (cattle) with corn
    malnourish, undernourish
    provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
    overfeed
    feed excessively
    spoonfeed
    feed with a spoon
    force-feed
    feed someone who will not or cannot eat
    lunch
    provide a midday meal for
    breakfast
    provide breakfast for
    breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
    give suck to
    bottlefeed
    feed (infants) with a bottle
    inject
    feed intravenously
    aliment, nourish, nutrify
    give nourishment to
    range
    let eat
    crop, graze, pasture
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
    grass
    feed with grass
    drift
    drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  3. verb
    take in food; used of animals only
    synonyms: eat
    eat
    take in solid food
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    forage
    wander and feed
    raven
    feed greedily
    suckle
    suck milk from the mother's breasts
    browse, crop, graze, pasture, range
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
    predate, prey, raven
    prey on or hunt for
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    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  4. verb
    serve as food for; be the food for
    “This dish feeds six”
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    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  5. verb
    provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
    synonyms: fertilise, fertilize
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    nitrify
    treat (soil) with nitrates
    dung
    fertilize or dress with dung
    topdress
    scatter manure or fertilizer over (land)
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    enrich
    make better or improve in quality
  6. noun
    food for domestic livestock
    synonyms: provender
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    blood meal
    the dried and powdered blood of animals
    corn gluten feed
    a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten
    cattle cake
    a concentrated feed for cattle; processed in the form of blocks or cakes
    creep feed
    feed given to young animals isolated in a creep
    fodder
    coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
    feed grain
    grain grown for cattle feed
    ensilage, silage
    fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
    oil cake
    mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed; used as food for livestock
    pigswill, pigwash, slop, slops, swill
    wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
    mash
    mixture of ground animal feeds
    cud, rechewed food
    food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
    bird feed, bird food, birdseed
    food given to birds; usually mixed seeds
    pet food, pet-food, petfood
    food prepared for animal pets
    mast
    nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
    fish meal
    ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock
    eatage, forage, grass, pasturage, pasture
    bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    oil meal
    ground oil cake
    alfalfa
    leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
    broad bean, horse bean
    a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder
    hay
    grass mowed and cured for use as fodder
    stover
    the dried stalks and leaves of a field crop (especially corn) used as animal fodder after the grain has been harvested
    chicken feed, scratch
    dry mash for poultry
    dog food
    food prepared for dogs
    cat food
    food prepared for cats
    canary seed
    a mixture of seeds used to feed caged birds
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  7. verb
    move along, of liquids
    “the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi”
    synonyms: course, flow, run
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    flush
    flow freely
    gush, jet
    issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth
    surge, tide
    rise or move forward
    circulate
    move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
    eddy, purl, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
    run off, waste
    run off as waste
    run down
    move downward
    pour
    flow in a spurt
    run out, spill
    flow, run or fall out and become lost
    stream, well out
    flow freely and abundantly
    dribble, filter, trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
    drain, run out
    flow off gradually
    ooze, seep
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    gutter
    flow in small streams
    flush down, wash down
    flow freely
    ventilate
    circulate through and freshen
    spin
    stream in jets, of liquids
    gush, spirt, spout, spurt
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
    regurgitate
    pour or rush back
    leach, percolate
    permeate or penetrate gradually
    brim over, overflow, overrun, run over, well over
    flow or run over (a limit or brim)
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  8. verb
    feed into; supply
    “Her success feeds her vanity”
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  9. verb
    introduce continuously
    feed carrots into a food processor”
    synonyms: feed in
  10. verb
    support or promote
    “His admiration fed her vanity”
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    advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
    contribute to the progress or growth of
  11. verb
    gratify
    feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view”
    synonyms: feast
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    regale, treat
    provide with choice or abundant food or drink
  12. verb
    profit from in an exploitatory manner
    “He feeds on her insecurity”
    synonyms: prey
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    exploit, work
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
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