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victual

[ vit-l ]
/ ˈvɪt l /
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noun
victuals, food supplies; provisions.
food or provisions for human beings.
verb (used with object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
to take or obtain victuals.
Archaic. to eat or feed.
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Origin of victual

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English vitaille, from Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille, from Late Latin victuālia “provisions,” noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis “pertaining to food,” equivalent to victu(s) “nourishment, way of living” (vic-, variant stem of vīvere “to live” + -tus suffix of verb action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling from Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM victual

vict·ual·less, adjectivere·vict·ual, verb, re·vict·ualed, re·vict·ual·ing or (especially British) re·vict·ualled, re·vict·ual·ling.un·vic·tualed, un·vic·tualled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for victual

victual
/ (ˈvɪtəl) /

verb -uals, -ualling or -ualled or US -uals, -ualing or -ualed
to supply with or obtain victuals
(intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals

Derived forms of victual

victual-less, adjective

Word Origin for victual

C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
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