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feed (v.)

Old English fedan "nourish, give food to, sustain, foster" (transitive), from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (source also of Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE root *pa- "to feed." Intransitive sense "take food, eat" is from late 14c. Meaning "to supply to as food" is from 1818.

feed (n.)

"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Meaning "a sumptuous meal" is from 1808. Of machinery, "action of or system for providing raw material" from 1892.

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Definitions of feed from WordNet
1
feed (v.)
provide as food;
feed (v.)
give food to;
Synonyms: give
feed (v.)
feed into; supply;
Her success feeds her vanity
feed (v.)
introduce continuously;
feed carrots into a food processor
Synonyms: feed in
feed (v.)
support or promote;
His admiration fed her vanity
feed (v.)
take in food; used of animals only;
Synonyms: eat
feed (v.)
serve as food for; be the food for;
This dish feeds six
feed (v.)
move along, of liquids;
the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
Synonyms: run / flow / course
feed (v.)
profit from in an exploitatory manner;
He feeds on her insecurity
Synonyms: prey
feed (v.)
gratify;
feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view
Synonyms: feast
feed (v.)
provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to;
Synonyms: fertilize / fertilise
2
feed (n.)
food for domestic livestock;
Synonyms: provender
From wordnet.princeton.edu