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FEED (fed, feed)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does feed mean? 

FEED (noun)
  The noun FEED has 1 sense:

1. food for domestic livestock

  Familiarity information: FEED used as a noun is very rare.


FEED (verb)
  The verb FEED has 11 senses:

1. provide as food
2. give food to
3. feed into; supply
4. introduce continuously
5. support or promote
6. take in food; used of animals only
7. serve as food for; be the food for
8. move along, of liquids
9. profit from in an exploitatory manner
10. gratify
11. provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

  Familiarity information: FEED used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


FEED (noun)


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Meaning:

Food for domestic livestock

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

feed; provender

Hypernyms ("feed" is a kind of...):

food; nutrient (any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "feed"):

blood meal (the dried and powdered blood of animals)

fish meal (ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock)

mast (nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine)

pet food; pet-food; petfood (food prepared for animal pets)

bird feed; bird food; birdseed (food given to birds; usually mixed seeds)

cud; rechewed food (food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again)

mash (mixture of ground animal feeds)

pigswill; pigwash; slop; slops; swill (wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk)

oil cake (mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed; used as food for livestock)

ensilage; silage (fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo)

eatage; forage; grass; pasturage; pasture (animal food for browsing or grazing)

feed grain (grain grown for cattle feed)

fodder (coarse food (especially for cattle and horses) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop)

creep feed (feed given to young animals isolated in a creep)

cattle cake (a concentrated feed for cattle; processed in the form of blocks or cakes)

corn gluten feed (a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten)


FEED (verb)


Sense 1feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide as food

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

Feed the guests the nuts

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence example:

They feed the animals


Sense 2feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give food to

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

feed; give

Context examples:

Feed the starving children in India / don't give the child this tough meat

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Cause:

eat (take in solid food)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feed"):

lunch (provide a midday meal for)

breakfast (provide breakfast for)

bottle-feed; breastfeed; give suck; lactate; nurse; suck; suckle; wet-nurse (give suck to)

bottlefeed (feed (infants) with a bottle)

inject (feed intravenously)

aliment; nourish; nutrify (give nourishment to)

range (let eat)

crop; graze; pasture (let feed in a field or pasture or meadow)

force-feed (feed someone who will not or cannot eat)

spoonfeed (feed with a spoon)

dine (give dinner to; host for dinner)

scavenge (feed on carrion or refuse)

fodder (give fodder (to domesticated animals))

slop; swill (feed pigs)

regurgitate (feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food)

corn (feed (cattle) with corn)

malnourish; undernourish (provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment)

overfeed (feed excessively)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

They feed the food to the people
They feed the people the food

Antonym:

starve (deprive of food)


Sense 3feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feed into; supply

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

Her success feeds her vanity

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Introduce continuously

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

feed in; feed

Context example:

feed carrots into a food processor

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

enclose; inclose; insert; introduce; put in; stick in (introduce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s something with something


Sense 5feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support or promote

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

His admiration fed her vanity

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

advance; boost; encourage; further; promote (contribute to the progress or growth of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take in food; used of animals only

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

eat; feed

Context examples:

This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat / What do whales eat?

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feed"):

browse; crop; graze; pasture; range (feed as in a meadow or pasture)

suckle (suck milk from the mother's breasts)

raven (feed greedily)

forage (wander and feed)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sentence example:

The animals feed


Sense 7feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serve as food for; be the food for

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

This dish feeds six

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 8feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move along, of liquids

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

course; flow; run; feed

Context examples:

Water flowed into the cave / the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feed"):

ooze; seep (pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings)

drain; run out (flow off gradually)

dribble; filter; trickle (run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream)

stream; well out (flow freely and abundantly)

run out; spill (flow, run or fall out and become lost)

pour (flow in a spurt)

run down (move downward)

run off; waste (run off as waste)

eddy; purl; swirl; whirl; whirlpool (flow in a circular current, of liquids)

circulate (move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point)

surge; tide (rise or move forward)

gush; jet (issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth)

flush (flow freely)

gutter (flow in small streams)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 9feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Profit from in an exploitatory manner

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

prey; feed

Context example:

He feeds on her insecurity

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

exploit; work (use or manipulate to one's advantage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 10feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gratify

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

feast; feed

Context example:

feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

regale; treat (provide with choice or abundant food or drink)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 11feed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fertilize; fertilise; feed

Context example:

We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants

Hypernyms (to "feed" is one way to...):

enrich (make better or improve in quality)

Domain category:

agriculture; farming; husbandry (the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feed"):

topdress (scatter manure or fertilizer over (land))

dung (fertilize or dress with dung)

nitrify (treat (soil) with nitrates)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They feed the trees


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