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[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’
fodder, feed, forage, herbage, pasturage, silagenourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily breadView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘They know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.’
- ‘Agricultural subsidies were introduced after the war to increase production and secure food supplies.’
- ‘Luckily, the food lives up to expectations set by the interior, with a great wine list, too.’
- ‘A cabinet contains a lockable safe, open shelves for displaying personal items, and a small refrigerator for storing food and beverages.’
- ‘She didn't know how to drive or even where to get fresh food.’
- ‘I went to the grocery store that day and bought nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Customers could buy good quality food, direct from a range of local producers, without going near any mud.’
- ‘She has developed a passion for gardening, which is almost as great as her passion for cooking spicy foods.’
- ‘Food used to be one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a civilization.’
- ‘Immense queues developed, but everyone was happily served with apparently inexhaustible supplies of food and wine.’
- ‘You are eating food in a restaurant that you could buy in a supermarket.’
- ‘The new project is located on a side pedestrian street adjacent to the food market.’
- ‘Urban consumers are increasingly, almost militantly, choosing organic food.’
- ‘She ate a lot of processed snack foods and the same big dinner every night and still felt hungry.’
- ‘My husband is Australian, where they eat lots of fresh summery food.’
- ‘About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is on processed food.’
food for thought
Something that warrants serious consideration:‘his study certainly provides food for thought’
mental stimulation, mental nourishment, something to think about, something to be seriously consideredView synonyms
- ‘Their comments helped us to clarify our arguments and provided some food for thought.’
- ‘Though it might not excite the imagination, it certainly provides food for thought.’
- ‘I seldom agree with their view of things, but they usually provide food for thought.’
- ‘Your article certainly gave me healthy food for thought.’
- ‘And this recent Reason magazine editorial provides ample food for thought about Raed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although she had been quickly brought back, the incident would nonetheless provide some food for thought.’
- ‘A recent Security Focus article about US email list brokers provides food for thought.’
- ‘All in all these articles provide much food for thought and reflection.’
Late Old English fōda, of Germanic origin; related to fodder.
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