February 25, 2014 - Word of the Day: feed
Use the word "feed" when giving food to an animal or to a human being.
- Pamela fed her baby.
- Tom feeds his kids before he leaves for work.
- Roger barely makes enough money to feed his family.
- Have you ever needed to feed farm animals? (This question is in the present perfect tense.)
- What do you feed a horse?
- We're feeding our dog a special type of dog food.
Use "fed" as an adjective.
- The kids are all fed. (They have been given food.)
- The people in that refugee camp are not well fed. (They aren't receiving enough nutritional food.)
The word "feed" also means to give, especially when giving information.
- They fed us the wrong information.
- Management keeps feeding the employees misinformation about how profitable the company is.
When you feed a thing, the word "feed" means "put into."
- Sandra went to feed the meter. (She left to put money into a parking meter.)
- Did you feed the right kind of information into the computer?
- This creek feeds into the Mississippi River. (The water flows from the creek to the river.)
There are some idioms and expressions that use the word "feed."
- I'm fed up with this job! I'm quitting. (fed up = out of patience; angry)
- The city council meeting suddenly became a feeding frenzy as citizens shouted their outrage. (feeding frenzy = a situation that is out of control.)
- The students are feeding off of each other. (To feed off of means to influence. It can be good or bad.)
- Julia and Edward are feeding off of the anger they feel towards each other.
- Thanks for your feedback! (feedback = comments; suggestions for improvement)
She's feeding her baby.
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