Definition of


  1. (noun, food) food for domestic livestock
  2. (verb, consumption) provide as food
  3. (verb, consumption) give food to
    don't give the child this tough meat
  4. (verb, consumption) feed into; supply
  5. (verb, change) introduce continuously
  6. (verb, social) support or promote
  7. (verb, consumption) take in food; used of animals only
    What do whales eat?
  8. (verb, consumption) serve as food for; be the food for
  9. (verb, motion) move along, of liquids
    the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
  10. (verb, consumption) profit from in an exploitatory manner
  11. (verb, consumption) gratify
  12. (verb, change) provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

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Antonyms of Feed


Origin of the word Feed

  1. O.E. fedan "nourish, feed," from P.Gmc. *fothjanan (cf. O.S. fodjan, O.Fris. feda, Goth. fodjan "to feed"). The noun sense of "food for animals" is first attested 1588. Fed up "surfeited, disgusted, bored," is British slang first recorded 1900, extended to U.S. by World War I; probably from earlier phrases like fed up to the back tee… more

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