Definition of fat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fæt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a white or yellow substance in the bodies of animals and humans, stored under the skin excess body fat This ham has too much fat on it. CollocationsDiet and exerciseWeight put on/​gain/​lose weight/​a few kilos/​a few pounds watch/​control/​struggle with your weight be/​become seriously overweight/​underweight be/​become clinically/​morbidly obese achieve/​facilitate/​promote/​stimulate weight loss slim down to 70 kilos/(British English) 11 stone/(especially North American English) 160 pounds combat/​prevent/​tackle/​treat obesity develop/​have/​suffer from/​struggle with/​recover from anorexia/​bulimia/​an eating disorder be on/​go on/​follow a crash/​strict diet have/​suffer from a negative/​poor body image have/​develop a positive/​healthy body imageHealthy eating eat a balanced diet/​healthily/​sensibly get/​provide/​receive adequate/​proper nutrition contain/​get/​provide essential nutrients/​vitamins/​minerals be high/​low in calories/​fat/​fibre/(especially US English) fiber/​protein/​vitamin D/​Omega-3 fatty acids contain (no)/use/​be full of/​be free from additives/​chemical preservatives/​artificial sweeteners avoid/​cut down on/​cut out alcohol/​caffeine/​fatty foods stop/​give up/ (especially North American English) quit smokingExercise (British English) take regular exercise do moderate/​strenuous/​vigorous exercise play football/​hockey/​tennis go cycling/​jogging/​running go to/​visit/ (especially North American English) hit/​work out at the gym strengthen/​tone/​train your stomach muscles contract/​relax/​stretch/​use/​work your lower-body muscles build (up)/gain muscle improve/​increase your stamina/​energy levels/​physical fitness burn/​consume/​expend caloriesStaying healthy be/​get/​keep/​stay healthy/​in shape/(especially British English) fit lower your cholesterol/​blood pressure boost/​stimulate/​strengthen your immune system prevent/​reduce the risk of heart disease/​high blood pressure/​diabetes/​osteoporosis reduce/​relieve/​manage/​combat stress enhance/​promote relaxation/​physical and mental well-being
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a solid or liquid substance from animals or plants, treated so that it becomes pure for use in cooking. Cook the meat in shallow fat.
  3. 3  [countable, uncountable] animal and vegetable fats, when you are thinking of them as part of what a person eats You should cut down on fats and carbohydrates. foods which are low in fat reduced-fat margarines See related entries: Diet
  4. Word OriginOld English fǣtt ‘well fed, plump’, also ‘fatty, oily’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vet and German feist.Word Familyfat adjectivefatty adjectivefatten verbfattening adjectiveExtra examples Add the remaining duck fat and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Are you carrying extra fat around your middle? Avoid excess saturated fats as found in meat, poultry, and eggs. Claims that anti-cellulite creams can break down fat are controversial. Cut down drastically on unhealthy fats. Despite its very low fat content, it is deliciously creamy. Eat a diet low in total fat. Exercise helps you burn off excess fat. Fats contain more calories than carbohydrates for the same weight. He had great rolls of fat around his middle. He had lost all his baby fat/​puppy fat. His body was all muscle, with not an ounce of fat. Ice cream is high in fat and sugar. If you eat too much you will put on fat. It wasn’t easy to lose puppy fat when Mum fed her on stodgy home cooking. It’s easy to cut down on fat without changing your diet too much. Put the chicken in hot fat and braise thoroughly. Reduce saturated fats in your diet. Remove the turkey from the pan and drain off the excess fat. She has cut out fat altogether in an effort to lose weight. She was middle-aged and running to fat. The amount of fat you eat can affect the health of your heart. The only sound from the kitchen was the lamb fat spitting. The waistline is usually the first area where fat accumulates. This cheese has a lot of fat in it. Trim any visible fat off the meat before cooking. a reduced-fat diet margarines that contain polyunsaturated fats rendered bacon fat the amount of fat stored in the body the best wholefood sources of healthy fats the relationship between fat intake and cholesterol levels Aerobic exercise will help you burn off excess body fat. I prefer to eat fat free yogurts. Stick to foods which are low in fat.Idioms (informal) to have a long friendly talk with somebody about something Randall stayed chewing the fat for a while. They met up once a year to chew the fat about the old days.
    live off the fat of the land
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    to have enough money to be able to afford expensive things, food, drink, etc.
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