Definition of food in English:



mass noun
  • Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth.

    ‘we need food and water’
    ‘they had eaten their food and slept’
    count noun ‘baby foods’
    as modifier ‘food shortages’
    figurative ‘music is food for the soul’
    • ‘Immense queues developed, but everyone was happily served with apparently inexhaustible supplies of food and wine.’
    • ‘I went to the grocery store that day and bought nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.’
    • ‘My husband is Australian, where they eat lots of fresh summery food.’
    • ‘Customers could buy good quality food, direct from a range of local producers, without going near any mud.’
    • ‘He could not even chew food properly, leading to digestive problems.’
    • ‘Ach well, food tastes better in the open air.’
    • ‘Adding an element of "fun" for the kids entices them to eat foods that are actually good for them.’
    • ‘Urban consumers are increasingly, almost militantly, choosing organic food.’
    • ‘Luckily, the food lives up to expectations set by the interior, with a great wine list, too.’
    • ‘You are eating food in a restaurant that you could buy in a supermarket.’
    • ‘All the food tastes like rubber, like it was sitting up in the refrigerator for five years.’
    • ‘Agricultural subsidies were introduced after the war to increase production and secure food supplies.’
    • ‘Food used to be one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a civilization.’
    • ‘She ate a lot of processed snack foods and the same big dinner every night and still felt hungry.’
    • ‘About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is on processed food.’
    • ‘She has developed a passion for gardening, which is almost as great as her passion for cooking spicy foods.’
    • ‘A cabinet contains a lockable safe, open shelves for displaying personal items, and a small refrigerator for storing food and beverages.’
    • ‘The new project is located on a side pedestrian street adjacent to the food market.’
    • ‘They know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.’
    • ‘She didn't know how to drive or even where to get fresh food.’
    nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily bread
    fodder, feed, forage, herbage, pasturage, silage
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  • food for thought

    • Something that warrants serious consideration.

      ‘his study certainly provides food for thought’
      • ‘Their comments helped us to clarify our arguments and provided some food for thought.’
      • ‘A wide range of concepts and theories provide scholars with ample food for thought.’
      • ‘A recent Security Focus article about US email list brokers provides food for thought.’
      • ‘I seldom agree with their view of things, but they usually provide food for thought.’
      • ‘All in all these articles provide much food for thought and reflection.’
      • ‘Though it might not excite the imagination, it certainly provides food for thought.’
      • ‘And this recent Reason magazine editorial provides ample food for thought about Raed.’
      • ‘And it provides plenty of food for thought for those writers who are wondering what it is that holds readers to the page.’
      • ‘Although she had been quickly brought back, the incident would nonetheless provide some food for thought.’
      • ‘Your article certainly gave me healthy food for thought.’
      mental stimulation, mental nourishment, something to think about, something to be seriously considered
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Late Old English fōda, of Germanic origin; related to fodder.