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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪət
 
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noun

1The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats: a vegetarian 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
1.1The activities, pastimes, etc. in which a person or group habitually engages: screen violence is becoming the staple diet of the video generation
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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 a person restricts themselves, 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.
Synonyms
dietary regime, dietary regimen, dietary programme, restricted diet, crash diet;
fast, period of fasting, abstinence
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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1Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight: I began dieting again
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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
follow a diet, be on a diet, eat sparingly, eat selectively, abstain, fast;
slim, lose weight, watch one's weight;
North American reduce
North American informal slenderize
1.1 [with object] Put (a person or animal) on a special diet.
Example sentences
  • He dieted me down to 185, to make sure I was as lean as possible.

Origin

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

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  • In the context of food diet reaches back to Greek diaita ‘way of life’. In the context of government and administration, for example, as the name of the legislative assembly in some European countries, diet comes from medieval Latin dieta, which meant both ‘a day's work or pay’ and ‘councillors’. Martin Luther committed himself to the cause of Protestant reform at the Diet of Worms, a meeting of the imperial diet of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1521 in the German town of Worms on the Rhine.

Derivatives

dieter

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noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with diet

Byatt, quiet, riot, ryot, Wyatt

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪət
 
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noun

1A legislative assembly in certain countries.
Example sentences
  • 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, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council;
assembly, committee, convocation, conclave
1.1 historical A regular meeting of the states of a confederation.
1.2 Scots Law A meeting or session of a court.
Example sentences
  • 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 councillors'.

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  • In the context of food diet reaches back to Greek diaita ‘way of life’. In the context of government and administration, for example, as the name of the legislative assembly in some European countries, diet comes from medieval Latin dieta, which meant both ‘a day's work or pay’ and ‘councillors’. Martin Luther committed himself to the cause of Protestant reform at the Diet of Worms, a meeting of the imperial diet of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1521 in the German town of Worms on the Rhine.

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