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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feed]
    • /fid/
    • /fiːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feed]
    • /fid/

Definitions of feed word

  • verb with object feed to give a fee to. 1
  • verb with object feed Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ. 1
  • verb without object feed (especially of animals) to take food; eat: cows feeding in a meadow; to feed well. 1
  • verb without object feed to be nourished or gratified; subsist: to feed on grass; to feed on thoughts of revenge. 1
  • noun feed a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor's fee. 1
  • noun feed a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee. 1

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Origin of feed

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English feden, Old English fēdan; cognate with Gothic fodjan, Old Saxon fōdian. See food

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Parts of speech for Feed


feed popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

feed usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for feed

verb feed

  • satisfy — to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to: The hearty meal satisfied him.
  • bolster — If you bolster something such as someone's confidence or courage, you increase it.
  • nourish — to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
  • supply — to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, place, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite: to supply someone clothing; to supply a community with electricity.
  • provide — to make available; furnish: to provide employees with various benefits.

noun feed

  • food — any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
  • feedstuff — feed (def 13).
  • fodder — coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
  • provender — dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
  • forage — food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.

Antonyms for feed

verb feed

  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • deprive — If you deprive someone of something that they want or need, you take it away from them, or you prevent them from having it.
  • withhold — to hold back; restrain or check.
  • deplete — To deplete a stock or amount of something means to reduce it.
  • release — to lease again.

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