What does feed mean?

Definitions for feed

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word feed.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feed, provender(verb)

    food for domestic livestock

  2. feed(verb)

    provide as food

    "Feed the guests the nuts"

  3. feed, give(verb)

    give food to

    "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"

  4. feed(verb)

    feed into; supply

    "Her success feeds her vanity"

  5. feed, feed in(verb)

    introduce continuously

    "feed carrots into a food processor"

  6. feed(verb)

    support or promote

    "His admiration fed her vanity"

  7. feed, eat(verb)

    take in food; used of animals only

    "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"

  8. feed(verb)

    serve as food for; be the food for

    "This dish feeds six"

  9. run, flow, feed, course(verb)

    move along, of liquids

    "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

  10. prey, feed(verb)

    profit from in an exploitatory manner

    "He feeds on her insecurity"

  11. feed, feast(verb)


    "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"

  12. fertilize, fertilise, feed(verb)

    provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

    "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feed

    of Fee

  2. Feed(verb)

    to give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of

  3. Feed(verb)

    to satisfy; grafity or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire

  4. Feed(verb)

    to fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill; to feed a furnace with coal

  5. Feed(verb)

    to nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard

  6. Feed(verb)

    to graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep

  7. Feed(verb)

    to give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed water to a steam boiler

  8. Feed(verb)

    to supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press

  9. Feed(verb)

    to produce progressive operation upon or with (as in wood and metal working machines, so that the work moves to the cutting tool, or the tool to the work)

  10. Feed(verb)

    to take food; to eat

  11. Feed(verb)

    to subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one's self (upon something); to prey; -- with on or upon

  12. Feed(verb)

    to be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by food

  13. Feed(verb)

    to place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze

  14. Feed(noun)

    that which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep

  15. Feed(noun)

    a grazing or pasture ground

  16. Feed(noun)

    an allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, a feed of corn or oats

  17. Feed(noun)

    a meal, or the act of eating

  18. Feed(noun)

    the water supplied to steam boilers

  19. Feed(noun)

    the motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing machine; or of producing progressive operation upon any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the work

  20. Feed(noun)

    the supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones

  21. Feed(noun)

    the mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion

  22. Origin: [AS. fdan, fr. fda food; akin to OS. fdian, OFries. fda, fda, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. fa, Sw. fda, Dan. fde. 75. See Food.]


  1. Feed

    Feed is a dystopian novel of the cyberpunk genre by M. T. Anderson, that focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, and data mining in society, occasionally from a sardonic perspective. The novel depicts humanity's descent into a society that revolves entirely around advertising and corporate gain from the perspective of an American teenager and his friends.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Feed

    fēd, v.t. to give food to: to nourish: to furnish with necessary material: to foster.—v.i. to take food: to nourish one's self by eating:—pr.p. feed′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. fed.—n. an allowance of provender, esp. to cattle: the motion forward of anything being fed to a machine: (Milt.) a meal: (Shak.) pasture land.—ns. Feed′er, he who feeds, or that which supplies: an eater: one who abets another: one who fattens cattle: (obs.) a parasite; Feed′-head, the cistern that supplies water to the boiler of a steam-engine; Feed′-heat′er, an apparatus for heating the water supplied to a steam-boiler; Feed′ing, act of eating: that which is eaten: pasture: the placing of the sheets of paper in position for a printing or ruling machine; Feed′ing-bott′le, a bottle for supplying liquid food to an infant; Feed′-pipe, a pipe for supplying a boiler or cistern with water; Feed′-pump, a force-pump for supplying a steam-engine boiler with water. [A.S. fédan, to feed.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feed' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4043

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feed' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2555

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feed' in Verbs Frequency: #310

How to pronounce feed?

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How to say feed in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feed in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of feed in a Sentence

  1. Aeschylus:

    Exiles feed on hope.

  2. Mohammad:

    Flowers feed the soul.

  3. My Starving Children -RRB-:

    Feed My Starving Children.

  4. Husseina Abdullahi:

    With what I plant, I can feed my children.

  5. Aaron Gordon:

    We feed off the crowd, we like their energy.

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