Definition of food in English:

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Pronunciation: /fuːd/


[mass noun]
Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth: we need food and water they had eaten their food and slept [count noun]: baby foods [as modifier]: food shortages figurative music is food for the soul
More example sentences
  • They know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.
  • I went to the grocery store that day and bought nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.
  • She ate a lot of processed snack foods and the same big dinner every night and still felt hungry.
nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily bread;
cooking, baking, cuisine;
foodstuffs, edibles, refreshments, meals, provisions, rations, stores, supplies;
Scottish  vivers
informal eats, eatables, nosh, grub, chow, nibbles
British informal scoff, tuck
North American informal chuck
archaic victuals, vittles, viands, commons, meat
rare comestibles, provender, aliment, commissariat, viaticum
fodder, feed, forage, herbage, pasturage, silage
rare comestibles, provender


food for thought

Something that warrants serious consideration: his study certainly provides food for thought
More example sentences
  • Although she had been quickly brought back, the incident would nonetheless provide some food for thought.
  • And this recent Reason magazine editorial provides ample food for thought about Raed.
  • And it provides plenty of food for thought for those writers who are wondering what it is that holds readers to the page.
mental stimulation, mental nourishment, something to think about, something to be seriously considered


Late Old English fōda, of Germanic origin; related to fodder.

  • Recorded since the beginning of the 11th century, food is related to fodder (Old English) and foster (Old English), originally found in the sense ‘feed, nourish’. It can refer to mental as well as physical nourishment—the expression food for thought to indicate something that deserves serious consideration has been in use since the early 19th century. Cannon fodder for soldiers regarded as expendable dates from the First World War.

Words that rhyme with food

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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