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."

Primary Meanings of feed

1.
vn
provide as food
food for domestic livestock
2.
v
move along, of liquids
3.
v
support or promote
Full Definitions of feed
1

v provide as food

Feed the guests the nuts”
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v give food to

Feed the starving children in India”
Synonyms:
give
Antonyms:
famish, starve
deprive of food
starve
deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
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Types:
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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

v take in food; used of animals only

Synonyms:
eat
eat
take in solid food
Types:
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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
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v serve as food for; be the food for

“This dish feeds six”
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

Synonyms:
fertilise, fertilize
Types:
nitrify
treat (soil) with nitrates
dung
fertilize or dress with dung
topdress
scatter manure or fertilizer over (land)
Type of:
enrich
make better or improve in quality

n 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
2

v move along, of liquids

“the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi”
Synonyms:
course, flow, run
Types:
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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)
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v feed into; supply

“Her success feeds her vanity”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v introduce continuously

feed carrots into a food processor”
Synonyms:
feed in
Type of:
enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in
introduce
3

v support or promote

“His admiration fed her vanity”
Type of:
advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of

v gratify

feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view”
Synonyms:
feast
Type of:
regale, treat
provide with choice or abundant food or drink

v profit from in an exploitatory manner

“He feeds on her insecurity”
Synonyms:
prey
Type of:
exploit, work
use or manipulate to one's advantage

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