- to give food to; supply with nourishment: to feed a child.
- to yield or serve as food for: This land has fed 10 generations.
- to provide as food.
- to furnish for consumption.
- to satisfy; minister to; gratify: Poetry feeds the imagination.
- to supply for maintenance or operation, as to a machine: to feed paper into a photocopier.
- to provide with the necessary materials for development, maintenance, or operation: to feed a printing press with paper.
- to use (land) as pasture.
- Theater Informal.
- to supply (an actor, especially a comedian) with lines or action, the responses to which are expected to elicit laughter.
- to provide cues to (an actor).
- Chiefly British.to prompt: Stand in the wings and feed them their lines.
- Radio and Television. to distribute (a local broadcast) via satellite or network.
- (especially of animals) to take food; eat: cows feeding in a meadow; to feed well.
- to be nourished or gratified; subsist: to feed on grass; to feed on thoughts of revenge.
- food, especially for farm animals, as cattle, horses or chickens.
- an allowance, portion, or supply of such food.
- Informal. a meal, especially a lavish one.
- the act of feeding.
- the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc.
- the material, or the amount of it, so fed or supplied.
- a feeding mechanism.
- Electricity. feeder(def 10).
- Theater Informal.
- a line spoken by one actor, the response to which by another actor is expected to cause laughter.
- an actor, especially a straight man, who provides such lines.
- a local television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, especially nationwide or international.
- Digital Technology.
- a website or application that publishes updates from social media or news-collection websites in reverse chronological order: I follow all of the latest celebrity gossip in my Twitter feed.
- an XML-based web document that is updated automatically at predetermined intervals and includes descriptive titles or short descriptions and links to recent pages on a website: Subscribe to news feeds to get the latest news from around the world.
- chain feed, to pass (work) successively into a machine in such a manner that each new piece is held in place by or connected to the one before.
- off one's feed, Slang.
- reluctant to eat; without appetite.
- dejected; sad.
- not well; ill.
Origin of feed
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- a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor's fee.
- a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee.
- a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.
- an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs(fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail).
- an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
- a territory held in fee.
- a gratuity; tip.
- to give a fee to.
- Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.
Origin of fee
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Examples from the Web for feed
The group puts out most of its statements—on its Twitter feed, or its numerous websites—in Arabic, as opposed to Baluchi or Farsi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The city protests that a beach is not a suitable place to feed the hungry.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
And, according to an October post his feed, the school allegedly issued a second order of hospitalization for him.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
But they are nonetheless connected and they feed into each other and are in the same world.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
“This is a way for some of us to feed our children,” Milland told The Daily Beast.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
Why, we wasted enough from breakfast to feed a small family.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Country very dense and scrubby; no feed in any of the thickets.
We camped in a thicket, without water, on a small patch of feed.
We are very fortunate in having such a good depot, as the feed is very good.
We soon pitched camp, and took the horses to the feed, which was excellent.
- to give food toto feed the cat
- to give as foodto feed meat to the cat
- (intr) to eat foodthe horses feed at noon
- to provide food forthese supplies can feed 10 million people
- to provide what is necessary for the existence or development ofto feed one's imagination
- to gratify; satisfyto feed one's eyes on a beautiful sight
- (also intr) to supply (a machine, furnace, etc) with (the necessary materials or fuel) for its operation, or (of such materials) to flow or move forwards into a machine, etc
- to use (land) as grazing
- theatre informal to cue (an actor, esp a comedian) with lines or actions
- sport to pass a ball to (a team-mate)
- electronics to introduce (electrical energy) into a circuit, esp by means of a feeder
- (also intr; foll by on or upon) to eat or cause to eat
- the act or an instance of feeding
- food, esp that of animals or babies
- the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel
- the quantity of material or fuel so supplied
- computing a facility allowing web users to receive news headlines and updates on their browser from a website as soon as they are published
- the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc
- a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool
- theatre informal a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues
- informal a meal
- a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their servicesa doctor's fee; school fees
- a charge made for a privilegean entrance fee
- property law
- (in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal
- an obsolete word for a gratuity
- in fee
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
- rare to give a fee to
- mainly Scot to hire for a fee
Word Origin and History for feed
Old English fedan "nourish, feed, sustain, foster," from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cf. Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 1892.
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").
Idioms and Phrases with feed
In addition to the idioms beginning with feed
- feed one's face
- feed someone a line
- feed the kitty
- bite the hand that feeds you
- chicken feed
- off one's feed
- put on the feed bag