feeds; fed/ˈfɛd/; feeding feeds; fed/ˈfɛd/; feeding
Learner's definition of FEED
1 a [+ object] : to give food to (someone or something)
b [+ object] : to give (something) as food to someone or something
Don't feed the animals.
He was too weak to feed himself.
We feed the plants with a special fertilizer twice a week.
We fed the horses with/on apples, oats, and hay.
— sometimes used figuratively c [+ object] : to produce or provide food for (someone or something)
They fed [=gave, served] us breakfast before we left. = They fed breakfast to us before we left.
The children fed apples to the horses.
d [no object] : eat — usually used of animals
These supplies could feed a small army for a week.
He doesn't earn enough to feed a family of four.
helping to feed and clothe poor children
We spotted some ducks feeding in a nearby pond.
They are studying the feeding habits of sharks.
a favorite feeding ground [=an area where animals feed]
2 a : to provide what is needed for the continued growth, operation, or existence of (something)
b : to supply (material to be used) to a machine
They used the wood to feed the fire.
The streams feed the creek.
The motor is fed by an electrical current.
The logs are fed into the mill for processing.
She fed the data into the computer.
The camera feeds the images to a monitor.
3 [+ object] : to give support or strength to (something, such as a feeling) 4 [+ object] : to make (something) move through an opening 5 [+ object], sports : to pass a ball or puck to (a team member) especially for a shot at the goal
bite the hand that feeds you
feed back[phrasal verb]
feed backBritish or feed back (something) or feed (something) back
: to give helpful information or criticism to someone about a performance, product, etc. : to provide feedback — usually + to or into
My music feeds back into my work.
Decide how your staff should feed back to you.
Computer users can feed their views back to the software companies.
feed off[phrasal verb]
feed off (something)
: to gain strength, energy, or support from (something)
She fed off the crowd's enthusiasm.
His anger fed off his jealousy.
We are able to feed off each other's ideas.
feed on/upon[phrasal verb]
feed on/upon (something)
: to eat (something) as food — usually used of animals
feed (someone) a lineinformal
: to tell (someone) a story or an explanation that is not true
feed up[phrasal verb]
feed (someone) upBritish, informal
: to make (someone) stronger or less thin by giving them large meals
Learner's definition of FEED
1 a [noncount] : food for animals b [count], informal : a large meal c [count], British : feeding 2 [count] : a part of a machine or system that sends material or electricity to other parts 3 [count] : a television program that is sent to a station for broadcasting 4 [count], sports : the action of passing a ball or puck to a team member who is in position to score