food [food] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for food on noun

  1. any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
  2. more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
  3. a particular kind of solid nourishment: a breakfast food; dog food.
  4. whatever supplies nourishment to organisms: plant food.
  5. anything serving for consumption or use: food for thought.

Origin of food before 1000; Middle English fode, Old English fōda; compare Old English fēdan, Gothic fōdjan to feed; cf. fodder, foster Related formsfood·less, adjectivefood·less·ness, nounnon·food, noun, adjectiveSynonyms for food See more synonyms for on 1. nutriment, aliment, bread, sustenance, victuals; meat, viands; diet, menu. Synonym study 1. Food, fare, provisions, ration ( s ) all refer to nutriment. Food is the general word: Breakfast foods have become very popular. Many animals prefer grass as food. Fare refers to the whole range of foods that may nourish a person or animal: an extensive bill of fare; The fare of some animals is limited in range. Provisions is applied to a store or stock of necessary things, especially food, prepared beforehand: provisions for a journey. Ration implies an allotment or allowance of provisions: a daily ration for each man of a company. Rations often means food in general: to be on short rations. Related Words for food feed, cuisine, snack, meat, drink, foodstuff, fare, cooking, meal, bread, grub, sustenance, groceries, table, slop, pabulum, menu, bite, aliment, refreshment Examples from the Web for food Contemporary Examples of food

  • And there is definitely something to finding solace in food, familiarity, and memory.

    Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone

    Samantha Levine

    January 6, 2015

  • Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.

    Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone

    Samantha Levine

    January 6, 2015

  • Instead of just cutting out whole food groups, Bacon says people should pay attention to how food makes them feel.

    Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail

    Carrie Arnold

    December 30, 2014

  • For over a decade, those trying to make better sunscreen found a roadblock at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive

    Ben Jacobs

    December 29, 2014

  • Like any exciting meal, Food will leave you smiling and satisfied.

    The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More

    Marlow Stern

    December 28, 2014

  • Historical Examples of food

  • If the West stopped producin’ men fur you, you’d be as bad off as if it stopped producin’ food.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Uncle Peter had first declared that the thought of food sickened him.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Still, one kind of food cloys after a time, and so our new settlers found it.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The History of Man is the record of a hungry creature in search of food.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • British Dictionary definitions for food food noun

    1. any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissueRelated adjective: alimentary
    2. nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid formfood and drink
    3. anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulusfood for thought

    Derived Formsfoodless, adjectiveWord Origin for food Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder Word Origin and History for food n.

    Old English foda “food, nourishment; fuel,” also figurative, from Proto-Germanic *fodon (cf. Gothic fodeins), from Germanic root *fod-, equivalent of PIE *pa- “to tend, keep, pasture, to protect, to guard, to feed” (cf. Greek pateisthai “to feed;” Latin pabulum “food, fodder,” panis “bread,” pasci “to feed,” pascare “to graze, pasture, feed,” pastor “shepherd,” literally “feeder;” Avestan pitu- “food;” Old Church Slavonic pasti “feed cattle, pasture;” Russian pishcha “food”).

    Food chain is from 1917. Food poisoning attested by 1864; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense from 1973.

    food in Medicine food [fōōd] n.

    1. Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.
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