Definition of food in English:


Syllabification: food
Pronunciation: /fo͞od


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 baby foods [as modifier]: food shortages figurative music is food for the soul
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  • Ach well, food tastes better in the open air.
  • All the food tastes like rubber, like it was sitting up in the refrigerator for five years.
  • My husband is Australian, where they eat lots of fresh summery food.


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


food for thought

Something that warrants serious consideration.
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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.

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