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English noun: feed

1. feed (food) food for domestic livestock


Broader (hypernym)food, nutrient

Narrower (hyponym)bird feed, bird food, birdseed, blood meal, cattle cake, corn gluten feed, creep feed, cud, ensilage, feed grain, fish meal, fodder, mash, mast, oil cake, pet food, pet-food, petfood, pigswill, pigwash, rechewed food, silage, slop, slops, swill

English verb: feed

1. feed (consumption) provide as food

SamplesFeed the guests the nuts.

ExamplesThey feed the animals

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

2. feed (consumption) give food to

SamplesFeed the starving children in India.
Don't give the child this tough meat.

ExamplesThey feed the food to the people, They feed the people the food


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)aliment, bottlefeed, breakfast, breastfeed, corn, crop, dine, fodder, force-feed, give suck, graze, inject, lactate, lunch, malnourish, nourish, nurse, nutrify, overfeed, pasture, range, regurgitate, scavenge, slop, spoonfeed, suck, suckle, swill, undernourish, wet-nurse


Antonymsfamish, starve

3. feed (consumption) feed into; supply

SamplesHer success feeds her vanity.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

4. feed (change) introduce continuously

SamplesFeed carrots into a food processor.

Synonymsfeed in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

5. feed (social) support or promote

SamplesHis admiration fed her vanity.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

6. feed (consumption) take in food; used of animals only

SamplesThis dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat.
What do whales eat?.

ExamplesThe animals feed


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)browse, crop, forage, graze, pasture, range, raven, suckle

Verb groupeat

7. feed (consumption) serve as food for; be the food for

SamplesThis dish feeds six.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

8. feed (motion) move along, of liquids

SamplesWater flowed into the cave.
The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi.

Synonymscourse, flow, run

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)circulate, drain, dribble, eddy, filter, flush, gush, gutter, jet, ooze, pour, purl, run down, run off, run out, run out, seep, spill, stream, surge, swirl, tide, trickle, waste, well out, whirl, whirlpool

9. feed (consumption) profit from in an exploitatory manner

SamplesHe feeds on her insecurity.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)exploit, work

10. feed (consumption) gratify

SamplesFeed one's eyes on a gorgeous view.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)regale, treat

11. feed (change) provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to

SamplesWe should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants.

ExamplesThey feed the trees

Synonymsfertilise, fertilize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enrich

Narrower (hyponym)dung, nitrify, topdress

Domain categoryagriculture, farming, husbandry

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