meal - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when you eat, especially breakfast, lunch, or dinner

    The medicine should always be taken with meals.

    What do you call your evening meal?

    go out for a meal (=go to a restaurant):

    We could see a film or go out for a meal.

    main meal (=the meal at which you eat the most food):

    Dinner is usually our main meal, except on Sundays.

    I’m not hungry, I had a big meal at lunchtime.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      the food that you serve or eat at one time

      an Indian meal

      cook/prepare/make a meal:

      He cooked us a delicious meal.

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