Feed is used before these nouns: ↑barley, ↑mill, ↑trough
Feed is used after these nouns: ↑cattle, ↑satellite
1 give food to a person/animal/plant
properly, well

Have they been feeding you well?


The children were poorly fed.


She could barely feed and clothe herself.

help (to)

How can we feed a hungry world?

afford to

He could no longer afford to feed his family.


She fed the children on junk food.


Most of the crop is fed to the cattle.


The animals are fed with hay and grass.

a mouth to feed

He saw the new baby as just another mouth to feed.

2 eat

The bears feed voraciously in summer and store energy as fat.

mainly, mostly, predominantly, primarily

The seals feed mainly on fish and squid.

3 supply sth

Receptors constantly feed information into the system.


The data is fed directly into a computer.


This feeds the paper through to the printer.

to, with

The media were being fed with accusations and lies.

Feed is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑baby, ↑calf, ↑goose, ↑shark, ↑tributary
Feed is used with these nouns as the object: ↑addiction, ↑animal, ↑appetite, ↑baby, ↑cat, ↑diet, ↑dog, ↑duck, ↑ego, ↑family, ↑fantasy, ↑fire, ↑flame, ↑food, ↑frenzy, ↑imagination, ↑infant, ↑meter, ↑misinformation, ↑myth, ↑pet, ↑pig

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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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 — 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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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