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Feed appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Denise sees the fleece,
    Denise sees the fleas.
    At least Denise could sneeze
    and feed and freeze the fleas.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb feed:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb feed and its most common antonym:


Feed is sometimes a misspelling of fed or feet.

The word feed is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun feed

What does feed mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: feeds

  1. food for domestic livestock
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of feed: provender
    • more generic words: food / nutrient = any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
    • more specific terms:
      • blood meal = the dried and powdered blood of animals
      • corn gluten feed = a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten
      • cattle cake = a concentrated feed for cattle
      • creep feed = feed given to young animals isolated in a creep
      • fodder = coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
      • feed grain = grain grown for cattle feed
      • ensilage / silage = fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
      • oil cake = mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed
      • pigswill / pigwash / slops / swill / slop = wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
      • mash = mixture of ground animal feeds
      • rechewed food / cud = food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
      • bird feed / bird food / birdseed = food given to birds
      • pet food / pet-food / petfood = food prepared for animal pets
      • mast = nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
      • fish meal = ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock

Alternative definition of the noun feed


  1. [uncountable] Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.
  2. Something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed.
  3. [countable] A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
  4. [internet] Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.

Definition of the verb feed

What does feed mean as a doing word?

Feed is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. provide as food
    • examples: Feed the guests the nuts | They feed the animals
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to [Recipient]Teresa bottlefed soy milk to the baby
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Recipient]Teresa bottlefed the baby
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Recipient] [Patient]Teresa bottlefed the baby soy milk

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): bottlefeed, breastfeed, force-feed, nurse, spoonfeed, suckle.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  2. give food to
  3. feed into; supply
    • example: Her success feeds her vanity
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
  4. introduce continuously
  5. support or promote
  6. take in food; used of animals only
  7. serve as food for; be the food for
    • example: This dish feeds six
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Value] in [Location]We sleep five people in each room
      [Location] [Verb] [Value]Each room sleeps five people

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, contain, fit, hibernate, hold, house, seat, serve, sleep, store, take, use.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  8. move along, of liquids
    • example: the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of feed: course / flow / run
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms:
  9. profit from in an exploitatory manner
    • example: He feeds on her insecurity
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of feed: prey
    • more generic words: exploit / work = use or manipulate to one's advantage
  10. gratify
    • example: feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of feed: feast
    • more generic words: regale / treat = provide with choice or abundant food or drink
  11. provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
    • example: They feed the trees
    • domain: agriculture / farming / husbandry
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of feed: fertilise / fertilize
    • more generic word: enrich = make better or improve in quality
    • more specific words:
      • nitrify = treat (soil) with nitrates
      • dung = fertilize or dress with dung
      • topdress = scatter manure or fertilizer over

Alternative definition of the verb feed


  1. [transitive] to give food to eat, nurture
  2. [intransitive] to eat (usually of animals)
  3. [transitive] To give to a machine to be processed.
  4. [sport, transitive] To pass to

Specialised definition of the verb feed

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

to make a pass that sets a teammate up for a shot

Glossary of sports / rugby union

if a scrum-half feeds the scrum he puts the ball in favouring his own team, an offence punished by a free kick (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Feed" is a 2005 Australian thriller film directed by Brett Leonard. The plot involves a police investigation of the sexual fetish of feederism, where the 'feeder' will feed 'gainers'. The film explores themes of dominance, submission, love, and power. The case within the film bears many similarities to that of Armin Meiwes, the so-called "Rotenburg Cannibal".
  2. "Feed" is a film, directed by Kevin Rafferty.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Documentary film, Political cinema
    • released in (23 years ago)


  1. "Feed" is a young adult science fiction novel written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, occasionally from a sardonic perspective. The novel depicts American society's descent into a culture that revolves entirely around advertising and corporate gain from the perspective of an American teenager and his friends.
  2. "Feed" is the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, written by Seanan McGuire under the penname Mira Grant, and published by Orbit Books.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Science Fiction
    • released in (5 years ago)
    • award: - Hugo Award for Best Novel nomination for Seanan McGuire


  1. "Feed" is a musical album of Skunkhour.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  2. "Feed" is a musical single of Wiping Out Thousands.
  3. "Feed" is a musical EP of Swell.
    • released on (14 years ago)


  1. Feed is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "Make Every Stardust Shimmer!", "9 Songs"
  2. Feed is a musical group.
    • album: "Watch It Grow"
  3. Feed is a musical group.
    • album: "Midwest Hardcorps E.P."

There are other groups with in their name, like Feed Me, Feed Me!, Lotus Feed, Seed'n'Feed, Feed the Monkey, Aerial Love Feed, Lies Feed the Machine and Feed Her to the Sharks.


Feed is a record label.


Feed: RSS or ATOM feed.

Phrases with Feed

Phrases starting with the word Feed:

  1. feed in
  2. feed on
  3. Feed Dog
  4. Feed Off
  5. feed back
  6. feed bunk
  7. Feed Into
  8. feed upon
  9. Feed Zone
  10. Feed Drive
  11. feed grain

Phrases ending with the word Feed:

  1. Rss Feed
  2. Web Feed
  3. bird feed
  4. drip feed
  5. Foot Feed
  6. Form Feed
  7. line feed
  8. creep feed
  9. force feed

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Feed

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Google previewSalmonella in Domestic Animals (2013)

by Paul A. Barrow, Ulrich Methner

Introduction Animal feed is a recognized source of hazards, being a health risk for both livestock and consumers.

The feed is the first link of the food animal chain and among its microbiological hazards Salmonella requires special attention.

Google previewHydrometallurgy (2013)

Fundamentals and Applications by Michael L. Free

The extraction stage for the aqueous feed is the previous stage ( ). The extraction stage for the incoming organic feed is the “0” stage because it precedes stage 1. Rearrangement of the mass balance equation results in 6.13 McCabe–Thiele ...

Google previewThe American Farmer (1819)

Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life

The proper adjustment of the relative proportions of nitrogenous and non- nitrogenous feed is the foundation of successful feeding, and its importance has of late years been fully recognized by chemists. Importance of Warmth, Cleanliness and ...

Google previewThe Legal Nurse Consultant and Life Care Planners Guide to Social Media (2010)

by Karen Pirtle

Feeds A Feed is a function of special software that allows "Feedreaders" to access a site automatically looking for new content and then post updates about that new content to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the ...

Google previewA model to improve pig nutrition using local resources for market oriented production—An impact narrative from Nagaland, India (2014)

by Padmakumar, V., Deka, R.P., Sones, K.R.

Transport costs are therefore relatively high and pig feed is a bulky commodity.

A common problem with animal feed is that some unscrupulous producers manufacture substandard feed and, especially in remote developing regions, state ...



The feed is a mixture of components 1-propanol and ethanol. On the fifth tray of the column, a partially vaporized feed (liquid +vapour) is introduced. The overhead vapour is partly condensed in the partial condenser and the noncondensed ...

Google previewPaediatric Emergencies (2012)

A Practical Guide to Acute Paediatrics by Thomas Lissauer

Reluctance to feed is an early symptom and vomiting and diarrhoea, lethargy or irritability and cyanotic or apnoeic episodes may also signify the onset of an infection. In meningitis the specific signs of a bulging anterior fontanelle, convulsions ...

Google previewThe Chicken Encyclopedia (2012)

An Illustrated Reference by Gail Damerow

Chicken feed might be commercially prepared, homegrown, or a combination of both, provided it is nutritionally balanced to meet the chickens' needs based on the season, the temperature, and the bird's age, size, weight, and rate of lay.

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

155, which suggests that however rich the dish, it would pall 'if you had been for some Months before forced to feed on it Morning and Evening . . . in like manner Wedlock'd Dames . . . are ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

Method Automatic feed Semi-automatic Automatic ejection Semi-automatic ejection Robots Safeguarding action • Stock is fed from rolls, indexed by machine mechanism, etc. • Stock is fed by chutes, movable dies, dial feed, plungers, or sliding ...

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Small photo of Crumble Feed , Poultry Feed for animal (Chicken)Small photo of Top view of compound feed pellets isolated on whiteSmall photo of Feed mill for the production of feed for livestock and poultry More...

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View more videos about Feed in, RSS feed, Feed Back, Feed Zone, Foot Feed, Line Feed, Feed Drive, Chicken Feed, Feed the Meter, Feed the Troll, and Feed the Dragon.

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Sign language

Feed The Birds - Makaton Sign Language

Disney's 'Feed The Birds' from the movie Mary Poppins - with sign language, aka Makaton.

Quotes about Feed

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
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Scrabble value of F4E1E1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of FEED

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