WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•et1 /ˈdaɪɪt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [no object]
- Nutritionfood and drink in relation to health: [uncountable]the effect of diet on health.[countable]He'll have to watch his diet.
- Nutrition a particular selection of food, esp. for improving a person's physical condition:[countable]a low-fat diet.
- Nutrition such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:[countable]to go on a diet.
- Nutrition the foods habitually eaten by a person, animal, or group:[countable]They live on a diet of roots, honey, and berries.
- anything done by habit or used over and over again:[countable]watched a steady diet of talk shows.
adj. [before a noun]
- to select or limit the food one eats, esp. to lose weight:[often: be + ~-ing]No dessert for me, thanks, I'm dieting.
di•et•er, n. [countable]
di•et2 /ˈdaɪɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable; often: the + ~]
- suitable for consumption with a weight-reduction diet:diet soft drinks.
- World Historythe legislative body of certain countries.
(dī′it),USA pronunciation n., v., -et•ed, -et•ing, adj. n.
- Nutritionfood and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health:Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
- 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.
- Nutritionsuch a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:No pie for me, I'm on a diet.
- Nutritionthe foods eaten, as by a particular person or group:The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
- food or feed habitually eaten or provided:The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
- anything that is habitually provided or partaken of:Television has given us a steady diet of game shows and soap operas.
- to regulate the food of, esp. in order to improve the physical condition.
- to feed.
- 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.
- to eat or feed according to the requirements of a diet.
- suitable for consumption with a weight-reduction diet;
dietetic:diet soft drinks.
(dī′it),USA pronunciation 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
- World Historythe legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.
- 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
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diet /ˈdaɪət/ n
- 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
- the food and drink that a person or animal regularly consumes
- regular activities or occupations
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French diete, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita mode of living, from diaitan to direct one's own lifeˈdieter n
- (usually intr) to follow or cause to follow a dietary regimen
diet /ˈdaɪət/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin diēta public meeting, probably from Latin diaeta diet1 but associated with Latin diēs day
- (sometimes capital) a legislative assembly in various countries, such as Japan
- Also called: Reichstag (sometimes capital) the assembly of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire
- a single session of a court
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