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verb feed pronunciation in American English /fid/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefeeding
past tensefed
past participlefed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give food to a person or an animal
    We’ve been feeding the ducks on the river.
    feed someone/something on something: The dogs were fed on raw meat.
    feed something to someone/something: The leftover food is fed to the pigs.
    properly fed: All the children will be properly fed and cared for.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to provide people with food so that they can live
      The money he brings home isn’t enough to feed a family of five.
      Food supplies are needed to feed the starving population.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a baby feeds, or if you feed it, the baby drinks milk
      Young babies need to feed every three to four hours.
      She sat down to feed the baby.
    3. c.
      [intransitive] if an animal feeds, it looks for food and eats it
      The birds return here to feed at dusk.
    4. d.
      [transitive] to put a substance onto a plant or into the soil to make a plant grow well
      The plants should be fed and watered regularly.
      feed something with something: Feed tomato plants with a general fertilizer once a week.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to provide a supply of something for a person or a machine
    feed someone with something: He’s been feeding the police with information about terrorist activities.
    feed something into something: Information is fed into the computer and stored in a database.
    feed something to someone/something: the main arteries that feed blood to the brain
  3. 3
    [transitive] to push something into a machine, especially slowly and gently
    feed something into something: She saw him feeding documents into the shredder.
    feed something through (something): Feed the fabric gently through the machine.
    feed something with something: I fed the parking meter with my remaining change.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to make a feeling stronger
    The newspapers are feeding public anxiety about contaminated food.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to provide what is necessary
    feed a habit: Many young drug users turn to crime to feed their habit.
    feed an addiction: Her son was using his lunch money to feed his gambling addiction.

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