diet

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•et1 /ˈdaɪɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Nutritionfood and drink in relation to health: [uncountable]the effect of diet on health.[countable]He'll have to watch his diet.
  2. Nutrition a particular selection of food, esp. for improving a person's physical condition:[countable]a low-fat diet.
  3. Nutrition such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:[countable]to go on a diet.
  4. Nutrition the foods habitually eaten by a person, animal, or group:[countable]They live on a diet of roots, honey, and berries.
  5. anything done by habit or used over and over again:[countable]watched a steady diet of talk shows.

v. [no object]
  1. to select or limit the food one eats, esp. to lose weight:[often: be + ~-ing]No dessert for me, thanks, I'm dieting.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. suitable for consumption with a weight-reduction diet:diet soft drinks.
di•et•er, n. [countable]

di•et2 /ˈdaɪɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable;  often: the + ~]
  1. World Historythe legislative body of certain countries.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•et1  (dīit),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -et•ed, -et•ing, adj. 
n. 
  1. Nutritionfood and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health:Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
  2. Nutritiona particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease:a diet low in sugar.
  3. Nutritionsuch a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:No pie for me, I'm on a diet.
  4. Nutritionthe foods eaten, as by a particular person or group:The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
  5. food or feed habitually eaten or provided:The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
  6. anything that is habitually provided or partaken of:Television has given us a steady diet of game shows and soap operas.

v.t. 
  1. to regulate the food of, esp. in order to improve the physical condition.
  2. to feed.

v.i. 
  1. to select or limit the food one eats to improve one's physical condition or to lose weight:I've dieted all month and lost only one pound.
  2. to eat or feed according to the requirements of a diet.

adj. 
  1. suitable for consumption with a weight-reduction diet;
    dietetic:diet soft drinks.
diet•er, n. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French dieter, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Greek díaita way of living, diet, equivalent. to dia- dia- + -aita (akin to aîsa share, lot); (verb, verbal) Middle English dieten (transitive)
  • Latin diaeta
  • Anglo-French, Old French
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English diete 1175–1225

di•et2  (dīit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World Historythe legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.
  2. World Historythe general assembly of the estates of the former Holy Roman Empire.
  • Medieval Latin diēta public assembly, apparently the same word as Latin diaeta (see diet1) with sense affected by Latin diēs day
  • late Middle English 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

diet /ˈdaɪət/ n
  1. a specific allowance or selection of food, esp prescribed to control weight or in disorders in which certain foods are contraindicated: a salt-free diet, a 900-calorie diet
  2. the food and drink that a person or animal regularly consumes
  3. regular activities or occupations
vb
  1. (usually intr) to follow or cause to follow a dietary regimen
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French diete, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita mode of living, from diaitan to direct one's own life

ˈdieter n
diet /ˈdaɪət/ n
  1. (sometimes capital) a legislative assembly in various countries, such as Japan
  2. Also called: Reichstag (sometimes capital) the assembly of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire
  3. a single session of a court
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin diēta public meeting, probably from Latin diaeta diet1 but associated with Latin diēs day



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