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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
food /fud/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Nutrition[uncountable] any nourishing substance eaten or drunk to sustain life, provide energy, and promote growth.
  2. Nutrition solid nourishment as distinguished from liquids:[uncountable]food and drink.
  3. Nutrition a particular kind of solid nourishment:[countable]breakfast food; pet food.
  4. anything that nourishes:[uncountable]food for thought.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
food  (fo̅o̅d),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nutritionany nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
  2. Nutritionmore or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
  3. Nutritiona particular kind of solid nourishment:a breakfast food; dog food.
  4. Nutritionwhatever supplies nourishment to organisms:plant food.
  5. anything serving for consumption or use:food for thought.
foodless, adj. 
foodless•ness, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English fode, Old English fōda; compare Old English fēdan, Gothic fōdjan to feed; compare fodder1, foster
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged nutriment, aliment, bread, sustenance, victuals;
      meat, viands;
      diet, menu.
      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, esp. 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

food /fuːd/ n
  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 tissue
    Related adjective(s): alimentary
  2. nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid form: food and drink
  3. anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulus: food for thought
Etymology: Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder


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