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: tins of cat food [count noun]: baby foods
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  • Parents are working more and cooking less, relying on high-calorie, high-fat fast foods to feed their families.
  • A range of Mexican fast food is available.
  • And they know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.


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


food for thought

Something that warrants serious consideration: his study certainly provides food for thought
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  • 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

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