|1.||[ verb ] (food) provide as food|
"Feed the guests the nuts"
|Related terms:||provide feeding|
|2.||[ noun ] (food) food for domestic livestock|
|Related terms:||food creep_feed eatage slop cud mast silage oil_cake cattle_cake mash fodder bird_food petfood feed_grain corn_gluten_feed fish_meal blood_meal|
|3.||[ verb ] (food) give food to|
"Feed the starving children in India" "don't give the child this tough meat"
|Related terms:||starve provide nutrify overfeed fodder force-feed inject spoonfeed slop dine lunch breakfast regurgitate breastfeed bottlefeed corn graze undernourish crop scavenge feeding eat|
|4.||[ verb ] feed into; supply|
"Her success feeds her vanity"
|Related terms:||supply feeder|
|5.||[ verb ] introduce continuously; as into a machine or processor|
: "feed carrots into a food processor"
|Related terms:||insert self-feeder|
|6.||[ verb ] (food) take in food; used of animals only|
: "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat" "What do whales eat?"
|Related terms:||consume crop raven victual suckle forage eat eating|
|7.||[ verb ] support or promote|
"His admiration fed her vanity"
|8.||[ verb ] (food) serve as food for; be the food for|
"This dish feeds six"
|9.||[ verb ] profit from in an exploitatory manner|
"He feeds on her insecurity"
|Related terms:||exploit prey|
|10.||[ verb ] (food) gratify|
"feed one's eye on a gorgeous view"
|Related terms:||regale feast|
|11.||[ verb ] move along, of liquids|
|Synonyms:||flow run course|
"Water flowed into the cave" "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
|Related terms:||move seep pour drain eddy flush run_down trickle tide spill circulate jet gutter spill waste stream be_due overflow flow course discharge|
|12.||[ verb ] (agriculture) provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; in agriculture and gardening|
"We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
|Related terms:||enrich nitrify dung topdress farming|