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’
    • ‘All the food tastes like rubber, like it was sitting up in the refrigerator for five years.’
    • ‘He could not even chew food properly, leading to digestive problems.’
    • ‘They know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.’
    • ‘I went to the grocery store that day and bought nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.’
    • ‘Agricultural subsidies were introduced after the war to increase production and secure food supplies.’
    • ‘The new project is located on a side pedestrian street adjacent to the food market.’
    • ‘My husband is Australian, where they eat lots of fresh summery food.’
    • ‘She ate a lot of processed snack foods and the same big dinner every night and still felt hungry.’
    • ‘Customers could buy good quality food, direct from a range of local producers, without going near any mud.’
    • ‘A cabinet contains a lockable safe, open shelves for displaying personal items, and a small refrigerator for storing food and beverages.’
    • ‘You are eating food in a restaurant that you could buy in a supermarket.’
    • ‘Food used to be one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a civilization.’
    • ‘She has developed a passion for gardening, which is almost as great as her passion for cooking spicy foods.’
    • ‘Immense queues developed, but everyone was happily served with apparently inexhaustible supplies of food and wine.’
    • ‘She didn't know how to drive or even where to get fresh food.’
    • ‘Ach well, food tastes better in the open air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is on processed food.’
    • ‘Adding an element of "fun" for the kids entices them to eat foods that are actually good for them.’
    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’
      • ‘Although she had been quickly brought back, the incident would nonetheless provide some food for thought.’
      • ‘And this recent Reason magazine editorial provides ample food for thought about Raed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their comments helped us to clarify our arguments and provided some food for thought.’
      • ‘All in all these articles provide much food for thought and reflection.’
      • ‘Your article certainly gave me healthy food for thought.’
      • ‘A wide range of concepts and theories provide scholars with ample food for thought.’
      • ‘And it provides plenty of food for thought for those writers who are wondering what it is that holds readers to the page.’
      • ‘Though it might not excite the imagination, it certainly provides 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.