I. feed feed 1 [fiːd] verb fed PTandPP [fed] [intransitive, transitive]
to pass to a later stage in a process or system:
feed into something

• The data is fed into computers for analysis.

• Tax increases and spending curbs by state and local governments feed into the private sector.

feed through something

• Reductions in corporation tax, which are still feeding through the economy, will be worth £1 billion to industry in the next year.

feed through into something

• Growth across the portfolio was 7%, which feeds through into higher dividend income.

  [m0] II. feed feed 2 noun
1. [countable] a way of supplying something that is needed for a particular process or activity:

• Traders on each of the four markets will be able to view listings on the others via a common data feed.

2. [countable] TELECOMMUNICATIONS a television or radio signal, computer information etc is sent somewhere, or the connection that is used to do this:

• a live satellite feed from the White House

3. [uncountable] FARMING food for farm animals:

• cattle feed

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feed UK US /fiːd/ verb (fed, fed)
[T] to give food to a person, group, or animal: »

These microwave meals feed two people.


If agriculture were given priority, the country would soon be able to feed itself.

[I] to eat something: feed on sth »

The beef cattle feed on grass and soya meal.

[I or T] to supply something to a person or thing, or put something into a machine or system, especially in a regular or continuous way: »

Air is carried through a series of pipes to feed the furnace.

feed sth to sb/sth »

The new system feeds daily updates to sales teams.

feed sth into sth »

The data is fed into a computer and analysed.

feed into sth »

A rise in oil prices will feed into the economy and cause general inflation.

feed UK US /fiːd/ noun
[U] food eaten by farm animals: »

The potato waste is used for cattle feed.

[C] the part of a machine through which it is supplied with fuel or with something else that it needs: »

The printer has three paper feeds.


the car's oil feed

[C] IT an RSS FEED(Cf. RSS feed): »

If you have a website, blog, audio/video content, or even photos, you can offer a feed of your content as an option.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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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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