There are 2 definitions of diet in English:

diet1

Syllabification: di·et
Pronunciation: /ˈdī-it
 
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noun

1The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats: a vegetarian diet a specialist in diet
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  • The calming, sattvic temperament accruing from a vegetarian diet is reflected in animals.
  • Some land was tilled, mainly for the cultivation of oats that formed a staple part of the diet of the settler community.
  • And we get residues of the hormones in those foods, so if you are going to eat, I recommend reducing animal foods in the diet.
Synonyms
selection of food, food, foodstuffs
informal grub, nosh
1.1A regular occupation or series of activities in which one participates: a healthy diet of classical music
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  • I confess that I've not made it part of my regular blog diet, but I think I may.
  • Even the best-fed consumers have only four to five ‘kitchens’ dishing up their regular news diet.
  • It seems that for many average internet users, blogs still merely provide an information supplement at some specific times, rather than a regular news diet.
2A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons: I’m going on a diet
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  • Handouts are available in English and Spanish on topics such as weight control, diets to lose weight, and exercise programs.
  • Some people do lose weight on low-carb diets, but the weight loss probably isn't related to blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • It may be more important to stick to a diet and lose weight than to worry about the moral implications of the food you eat.
2.1 [as modifier] (Of food or drink) with reduced fat or sugar content: diet soft drinks
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  • I only drank diet soda, and I started to get more seafood including sushi.
  • Worse still, aspartame is contained in most of these diet foods and drinks.
  • Woman who drank diet soda pop that was artificially sweetened did not show any increased risk and tended to lose weight.

verb (diets, dieting, dieted)

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Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight: it’s difficult to diet
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  • If you are not dieting, losing weight is a serious symptom as are tiredness and weakness.
  • He believes some obese people cannot lose weight purely by dieting - they are clinically ill.
  • If we want a different weight, we diet or body build.
Synonyms
be on a diet, eat sparingly; lose weight, watch one's weight, reduce, slenderize; crash-diet

Origin

Middle English: from Old French diete (noun), dieter (verb), via Latin from Greek diaita 'a way of life'.

Derivatives

dieter

noun
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  • More research in America has now suggested it could also affect mental health, leaving dieters feeling grumpy, tired, apathetic and restless.
  • But most dieters reach their plateau before they reach their goal, and many get discouraged when the thrill leaves before all the weight does.
  • Although the low-carb dieters lost more weight initially, one of the studies showed that after 12 months both groups had shed about the same number of pounds.

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There are 2 definitions of diet in English:

diet2

Syllabification: di·et
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈdī-it/

noun

1A legislative assembly in certain countries.
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  • The term originated with the protest of the reforming minority at the diet of Spires in 1529 against the catholic majority.
  • Under the ‘October Diploma’ of 1860, the government agreed to call the diets, which would then elect to the Reichsrat.
Synonyms
legislative assembly, legislature, congress, senate, parliament, council, assembly
1.1 historical A regular meeting of the states of a confederation.
1.2 Scots Law A meeting or session of a court.
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  • That judgment sympathetically, clearly and concisely deals with a case that must have been very far from the ordinary diet of a judge sitting in the crown court.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin dieta 'day's work, wages, etc.', also 'meeting of councilors'.

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