Feed vs. Nourish

Feed vs. Nourish — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Feed and Nourish

Feedverb

To give food to; supply with nourishment

feed the children.

Nourishverb

To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.

Feedverb

To provide as food or nourishment

fed fish to the cat.

Nourishverb

To foster the development of; promote

"Athens was an imperial city, nourished by the tribute of subjects" (V. Gordon Childe).

Feedverb

To serve as food for

The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.

Nourishverb

To keep alive; maintain

nourish a hope.
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Feedverb

To produce food for

The valley feeds an entire county.

Nourishnoun

(obsolete) A nurse.

Feedverb

To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation

feed logs to a fire.feed data into a computer.

Nourishverb

(transitive) To feed and cause to grow; to supply with food or other matter which increases weight and promotes health.

Feedverb

To supply with something essential for growth, maintenance, or operation

Melting snow feeds the reservoirs.

Nourishverb

(transitive) To support; to maintain; to be responsible for.

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Feedverb

To transmit (media content) by means of a communications network or satellite, as for processing or distribution.

Nourishverb

(transitive) To encourage; to foster; to stimulate

Feedverb

To minister to; gratify

fed their appetite for the morbid.

Nourishverb

(transitive)To cherish; to comfort.

Feedverb

To support or promote; encourage

His unexplained absences fed our suspicions.

Nourishverb

To educate or bring up; to nurture; to promote emotional, spiritual or other non-physical growth.

Feedverb

To supply as a cue

feed lines to an actor.

Nourishverb

(intransitive) To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.

This type of nourishes very well.

Feedverb

(Sports) To pass a ball or puck to (a teammate), especially to set up a scoring chance.

Nourishverb

To gain nourishment.

Feedverb

To eat. Used of animals

pigs feeding at a trough.

Nourishverb

provide with nourishment;

We sustained ourselves on bread and waterThis kind of food is not nourishing for young children

Feedverb

To be nourished or supported

an ego that feeds on flattery.

Nourishverb

give nourishment to

Feedverb

To move steadily, as into a machine for processing.

Feedverb

To be channeled; flow

This road feeds into the freeway.

Feednoun

Food for animals, especially livestock.

Feednoun

The amount of such food given at one time.

Feednoun

(Informal) A meal, especially a large one

We had a great feed at the restaurant.

Feednoun

The act of providing food, especially to an animal

food given at one feed.

Feednoun

Material or an amount of material supplied, as to a machine or furnace.

Feednoun

The act of supplying such material.

Feednoun

An apparatus that supplies material to a machine.

Feednoun

The aperture through which such material enters a machine.

Feednoun

The transmission or conveyance of published content, as by satellite, on the internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.

Feednoun

A signal or program made by means of such transmission

The satellite feed was garbled due to sunspot activity.

Feednoun

(Sports) A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.

Feedverb

(transitive) To give (someone or something) food to eat.

Feed the dog every evening.

Feedverb

(intransitive) To eat usually of animals.

Spiders feed on gnats and flies.

Feedverb

(transitive) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.

Feed the fish to the dolphins.

Feedverb

(transitive) To give to a machine to be processed.

Feed the paper gently into the document shredder.We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.

Feedverb

(figurative) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).

Feedverb

To supply with something.

Springs feed ponds with water.

Feedverb

To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.

If grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.

Feedverb

To pass to.

Feedverb

To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply; to be applied before another rule.

Nasalization feeds raising.

Feedverb

To create the syntactic environment in which another syntactic rule is applied; to be applied before another syntactic rule.

Feedverb

simple past tense and past participle of fee

Feednoun

(uncountable) Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.

They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.

Feednoun

Something supplied continuously.

a satellite feed

Feednoun

The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon.

the paper feed of a printer

Feednoun

(countable) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity

They held a crab feed on the beach.

Feednoun

(Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.

I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.

Feednoun

food for domestic livestock

Feedverb

provide as food;

Feed the guests the nuts

Feedverb

give food to;

Feed the starving children in Indiadon't give the child this tough meat

Feedverb

feed into; supply;

Her success feeds her vanity

Feedverb

introduce continuously;

feed carrots into a food processor

Feedverb

support or promote;

His admiration fed her vanity

Feedverb

take in food; used of animals only;

This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meatWhat do whales eat?

Feedverb

serve as food for; be the food for;

This dish feeds six

Feedverb

move along, of liquids;

Water flowed into the cavethe Missouri feeds into the Mississippi

Feedverb

profit from in an exploitatory manner;

He feeds on her insecurity

Feedverb

gratify;

feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view

Feedverb

provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to;

We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants