feed


feed
feed vb Feed, nourish, pasture, graze are comparable when they mean to provide the food that one needs or desires.
Feed is the comprehensive term applicable not only to persons and animals but also to plants and, by extension, to whatever consumes something or requires something external for its sustenance
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feed the baby

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feed a family of ten on fifty dollars a week

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use bone meal to feed the chrysanthemums

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feed a furnace with coal

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Hugh's growing vanity was fed by the thought that Clara was interested in him— Anderson

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the press exploits for its benefit human silliness and ignorance and vulgarity and sensationalism, and, in exploiting it, feeds it— Rose Macaulay

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In American but not in British use feed sometimes takes for its object the thing that is fed
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feed oats to the horses

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feed coal to the furnace

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he has been feeding bread and butter to the dog— Wiggin

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Nourish implies feeding with food that is essential to growth, health, well-being, or continuing existence. Nourish more often takes as its subject the thing that serves as a sustaining or a building-up food than the person who provides such food
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milk, eggs, and meat nourish the bodies of growing boys and girls

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the humid prairie heat, so nourishing to wheat and corn, so exhausting to human beings— Cather

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freedom nourishes self-respect— Channing d. 1842

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his zeal seemed nourished by failure and by fall— Whittier

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Pasture is applied chiefly to animals and especially to domestic animals (as cattle, sheep, or horses) fed on grass
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cattle are pastured on the ridges and mounds that rise . . . above the swamps— Amer. Guide Series: La.

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Graze is often preferred specifically to pasture when the emphasis is on the use of growing herbage for food
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a field or two to graze his cows— Swift

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graze sheep on the common

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Analogous words: *nurse, nurture, foster, cherish: support, sustain, maintain (see corresponding nouns at LIVING)
Antonyms: starve
feed n fodder, forage, provender, *food, victuals, viands, provisions, comestibles

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  • Feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feed — may refer to:* As a verb, to feed means to give food to, or to eat food. See feeding. * Feed as a noun often refers to animal feed, food given to or meant for livestock (see also fodder )Inserting one thing into another: * Card feed * Paper… …   Wikipedia

  • Feed — (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fed} (f[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Feeding}.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f[ o]da, Dan. f[ o]de. [root]75. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — [fēd] vt. fed, feeding [ME feden < OE fedan < base of foda, FOOD] 1. to give food to; provide food for 2. a) to provide as food [to feed oats to horses] b) to serve as food for …   English World dictionary

  • Feed — Feed, v. i. 1. To take food; to eat. [1913 Webster] Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed. De Foe. [1913 Webster] 2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one s self (upon something); to prey; with on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feed — (englisch feed „Einspeisung“, „Zufuhr“) oder Newsfeed wird im Deutschen als jargon sprachliche Bezeichnung verwendet für elektronische Nachrichten aus dem Internet, die kostenlos abonniert und automatisch in einen Feedreader oder auch in den …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • feed up — ˌfeed ˈup [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they feed up he/she/it feeds up present participle feeding up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • feed — fēd vb, fed fed; feed·ing vt 1 a) to give food to b) to give as food 2) to produce or provide food for vi to consume food: EAT feed n …   Medical dictionary

  • Feed — [fi:d], der; s, s [engl. feed, eigtl. = Versorgung, Einspeisung] (Jargon): elektronische Nachricht aus dem Internet, die kostenlos abonniert u. in ein E Mail Programm o. Ä. eingespeist werden kann …   Universal-Lexikon

  • feed — feed; un·feed; …   English syllables


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