Main definitions of diet in English

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diet1

noun

  • 1The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

    ‘a vegetarian diet’
    • ‘Some land was tilled, mainly for the cultivation of oats that formed a staple part of the diet of the settler community.’
    • ‘There were other feeds for animals, but hay was the staple diet.’
    • ‘Clearly, many vegetarians live off diets of convenience food and this is incredibly unhealthy.’
    • ‘This article reported on a certain agriculture professor from Oregon that claimed a strict vegetarian diet caused animals to suffer.’
    • ‘There are many concerns with eating diets high in animal fat.’
    • ‘The vegetarian diet is the best food that I have tasted since being arrested.’
    • ‘Amazingly, some people define vegetarian as a diet which excludes the meat of animals but does permit fish and eggs.’
    • ‘Rice is a staple food in the diet of most Ivoirians.’
    • ‘The calming, sattvic temperament accruing from a vegetarian diet is reflected in animals.’
    • ‘As soups are a main staple of the Thai diet, the menu showcases various permutations incorporating veggies, seafood and chicken in tom yum and tom khaa varieties.’
    • ‘Food was very basic with beans and rice being the staple diet.’
    • ‘The addition of straw to the diets of all animals on the farm will allow silage supplies to be stretched.’
    • ‘When your staple diet is cheap food, you can afford a few treats - the kind of treats you could never get from your local post office.’
    • ‘Vegetarians base their diet on four main food groups: starch, legumes, fruits and vegetables.’
    • ‘Unlike ovo-lacto vegetarians, vegans have eliminated all animal products from their diets.’
    • ‘And we get residues of the hormones in those foods, so if you are going to eat, I recommend reducing animal foods in the diet.’
    • ‘But these huge animals have very nutritious diets: they eat berries, nuts, insects, and of course, honey.’
    • ‘This allows management decisions to be made to ensure that the total diet of wintered animals meets their biological and productive needs.’
    • ‘Staples of the Serbian diet are bread, meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.’
    • ‘They represent a major cost-of-living blow for lower income groups for whom bread and mealie meal are the staple diet.’
    selection of food, food and drink, food, foodstuffs, provisions, edibles, fare
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    1. 1.1The activities, pastimes, etc. in which a person or group habitually engages.
      ‘screen violence is becoming the staple diet of the video generation’
      • ‘Have we become a nation of obese imbeciles too sated with our diet of consumerism, television and self-indulgence to care who is pulling the strings at the top?’
      • ‘Hymns with a military theme used to be a staple in the musical diet of Christians in North America.’
      • ‘If she stayed, she would be assigned a steady diet of deportation orders from the criminal division to defend.’
      • ‘Applications to strike out for want of prosecution have become the common diet of the courts, but there are two unusual features of the present case.’
      • ‘The channel would present a constant diet of obituaries of the ordinary people who die every day.’
      • ‘I confess that I've not made it part of my regular blog diet, but I think I may.’
      • ‘Even the best-fed consumers have only four to five ‘kitchens’ dishing up their regular news diet.’
      • ‘This music has enriched the musical diet of choral establishments, collegiate and cathedral, throughout the Anglican Communion.’
      • ‘It is the staple diet of Courts of Appeal around this country.’
      • ‘The White House strategy so far is to feed the media a regular diet of press conferences from key figures within the administration.’
      • ‘But life is short and workdays are long so I have to be choosy about what to include in my diet of books and I like to read widely with a balanced diet of different genres.’
      • ‘The early seventies took him west to San Francisco and a diet of Irish music sessions.’
      • ‘Of course, no one is suggesting that Congress subsist on a regular diet of impeachments.’
      • ‘It seems that for many average internet users, blogs still merely provide an information supplement at some specific times, rather than a regular news diet.’
  • 2A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

    ‘I'm going on a diet’
    • ‘With movie stars and models getting more gaunt each year, many people go on diets to lose weight to make themselves look and feel better.’
    • ‘If you're on a diet to lose weight, you'll stay away from places that serve fattening food.’
    • ‘Short-term diets may help you lose weight, but they are difficult to keep up and even may be unhealthy in the long run.’
    • ‘I tried fad diets to lose weight, but none worked, and I kept getting bigger.’
    • ‘How many times have you made a New Year's resolution to go on a diet and lose some weight?’
    • ‘I am twelve years old and I weigh 160 pounds and I have tried a lot of diets to lose weight but I have never been able to stick to one.’
    • ‘Handouts are available in English and Spanish on topics such as weight control, diets to lose weight, and exercise programs.’
    • ‘It's far easier to take precautions before the damage is done, rather than embarking on fad diets to lose the weight that you gained over the festive season.’
    • ‘Your doctor can help you get information about good diets and weight loss programs.’
    • ‘It may be more important to stick to a diet and lose weight than to worry about the moral implications of the food you eat.’
    • ‘Children should never be put on a weight-loss diet without medical advice as this can affect their growth.’
    • ‘I always say I want to lose weight but the diet only lasts a week and then its out of the window.’
    • ‘People tend to lose weight quickly on low-carb diets because they restrict their calories to about 1,200 a day.’
    • ‘I tried countless fad diets to lose weight, but none worked.’
    • ‘Overweight children should be put on Atkins-style diets to lose weight and prevent life-threatening diseases, a cancer specialist has claimed.’
    • ‘He also discourages people from attempting to follow fad diets in order to lose weight.’
    • ‘Overall, these drugs when combined with a diet produce a modest weight loss in 12 months.’
    • ‘Some people do lose weight on low-carb diets, but the weight loss probably isn't related to blood sugar and insulin levels.’
    • ‘If you think about food and weight and diets and being thin almost all the time, you may have an eating disorder.’
    • ‘At no time during the study did the participants complain of being hungry, which is an important consideration when recommending diets to promote weight loss.’
    dietary regime, dietary regimen, dietary programme, restricted diet, crash diet
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    1. 2.1[as modifier](of food or drink) with reduced fat or sugar content.
      ‘diet soft drinks’
      • ‘She stayed up in her room for the remainder of the night smoking and drinking the diet soda she had stashed under her bed.’
      • ‘Avoid all artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and some diabetic foods as these are toxic to the liver and can cause hypoglycaemia and fatigue.’
      • ‘Fruit drink and diet drink consumption increased diabetes risk, but fruit juice intake did not.’
      • ‘Worse still, aspartame is contained in most of these diet foods and drinks.’
      • ‘They quiz me about the hottest new diet snack food, offer to be my running buddy and reveal their food obsessions.’
      • ‘I waste money on all sorts of stuff - cable television, deli sandwiches, diet ginger ale.’
      • ‘Limit yourself to two caloric beverages, then try sparkling water or diet drinks.’
      • ‘I only drank diet soda, and I started to get more seafood including sushi.’
      • ‘But Ireland is no longer the Mecca for tea brands it once was, with the average office worker as likely to have a diet cola drink, or a cappuccino, as a cup of tea at break time.’
      • ‘I personally believe that drinking the water from a young nut is a much healthier choice than drinking some of those diet sodas that are loaded with artificial sweeteners.’
      • ‘He has cut them out and drinks water rather than diet drinks, which he doesn't particularly enjoy.’
      • ‘A year after launch, it was America's most popular diet drink, a position it has never relinquished.’
      • ‘To fuel her long days, Valerie relied on a diet of fast food and drank six to 12 cans of caffeinated diet soda a day.’
      • ‘It found that the more diet soda a person drinks, the greater the chance that he or she will become overweight or obese.’
      • ‘Woman who drank diet soda pop that was artificially sweetened did not show any increased risk and tended to lose weight.’
      • ‘Personally, I hate the after taste of diet drinks and would rather forgo the cola.’
      • ‘Despite all of my talking in this post about diet drinks, I am working pretty hard at drinking two to three litres of water a day.’
      • ‘Children should drink water or diet drinks rather than juice or cola drinks.’
      • ‘Stop eating fake food - most everything labeled as diet food or diet beverage.’
      • ‘Would you drink a diet cola if you knew it gave lab rats a sugar rush?’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.

    ‘I began dieting again’
    • ‘I really can't be bothered to diet, but I do feel I need to lose some weight.’
    • ‘I've been told that the weight won't just drop off - I still have to diet and exercise to lose it, it'll just be easier than before.’
    • ‘By 11 she was gaining weight; at 15, distressed by playground taunts, she began dieting.’
    • ‘Very obese people tend not to exercise and are frequently poor, and they spend a disproportionate amount of time dieting.’
    • ‘Inevitably, you lose focus on your diet and blow up even fatter than when you began dieting.’
    • ‘If we want a different weight, we diet or body build.’
    • ‘Maybe that's why people regain their weight after they diet: they are in better condition to eat more.’
    • ‘If you are not dieting, losing weight is a serious symptom as are tiredness and weakness.’
    • ‘It says don't diet just eat sensibly and the weight will drop off.’
    • ‘The hard part about this is ensuring you don't lose any hard-earned muscle while you're dieting.’
    • ‘If you are no more than a stone or so heavier than you were in your late 20s, you probably shouldn't worry about your weight or try to diet.’
    • ‘If a woman, famous or not, decides she needs to diet or have weight loss surgery for her own health or happiness, far be it from me to sit in judgment.’
    • ‘I eat the same types of food whether I'm dieting for a show or in a gaining phase.’
    • ‘Do you realise that before I left for Melbourne and you began dieting, I weighed more than you, even then?’
    • ‘This time I dieted so the weight came off as I worked on my skills.’
    • ‘We love food and we hate it; we binge and we diet; we perceive it as both a treat and a threat.’
    • ‘He believes some obese people cannot lose weight purely by dieting - they are clinically ill.’
    • ‘Even if I'm dieting, I will just bring some food with me to the restaurant.’
    • ‘Thanks to her advice, I've never dieted and I've kept my weight in check.’
    • ‘In 2000 the British Medical Association warned that female TV stars often dieted to appear slim on TV, but ended up too thin because they tended to overcompensate for the effects of television.’
    follow a diet, be on a diet, eat sparingly, eat selectively, abstain, fast
    slim, lose weight, watch one's weight
    reduce
    slenderize
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    1. 1.1[with object]Put (a person or animal) on a special diet.
      • ‘He dieted me down to 185, to make sure I was as lean as possible.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French diete (noun), dieter (verb), via Latin from Greek diaita a way of life.

Pronunciation:

diet

/ˈdʌɪət/

Main definitions of diet in English

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diet2

noun

  • 1A legislative assembly in certain countries.

    • ‘The term originated with the protest of the reforming minority at the diet of Spires in 1529 against the catholic majority.’
    • ‘Under the ‘October Diploma’ of 1860, the government agreed to call the diets, which would then elect to the Reichsrat.’
    legislative assembly, legislature, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council
    assembly, committee, convocation, conclave
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    1. 1.1historical A regular meeting of the states of a confederation.
    2. 1.2Scots Law
      A meeting or session of a court.
      • ‘That judgment sympathetically, clearly and concisely deals with a case that must have been very far from the ordinary diet of a judge sitting in the crown court.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin dieta day's work, wages, etc., also meeting of councillors.

Pronunciation:

diet

/ˈdʌɪət/