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noun     diet pronunciation in American English
/ˈdaɪət/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the food that a person or animal usually eats

    Poor diet can affect the unborn baby.

    Try to eat a balanced diet.

    diet of:

    The bird has a diet of nuts and berries.

    1. a.
      [countable] a limited amount of food that someone eats because they are trying to become thinner

      Most of these diets just don’t work.

      go/be on a diet:

      I can’t button my jeans – I’ll have to go on a diet.

    2. b.
      [countable] a limited range of foods that someone eats to improve their health

      products suitable for a wheat-free diet

  2. 2
    [countable] the things that a person regularly sees or experiences, especially when these are of poor quality
    diet of:

    We are fed a diet of game shows and soap operas.

  3. 3
    [countable] the national legislature in some countries, for example Japan
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