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



    BrE BrE//fuːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fuːd//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] things that people or animals eat a shortage of food/food shortages food and drink the food industry
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a particular type of food Do you like Italian food? frozen foods a can of dog food (= for a dog to eat) He's off his food (= he does not want to eat anything). see also comfort food, convenience food, fast food, functional food, health food, junk food, seafood, soul food, wholefood
  3. Word Originlate Old English fōda, of Germanic origin; related to fodder. Wordfinderbinge, calorie, diet, digest, eat, fattening, food, meal, restaurant, tasteExtra examples After three days without food, the men were close to starvation. Always take great care when handling food. Avoid rich foods like pastries. Bears store food for the winter. Blend the egg yolks, lemon juice and herbs in a food processor. Britain’s first organic food market Campaigners are challenging the safety of genetically-modified foods. Does the food taste good? EU food policy Essential oils can be bought from most good health food shops Everyone has the right to adequate food and clean water. Farmers are not producing enough food for the country’s growing population. Fast-food companies are starting to offer their customers healthier food. Food and water were running out. Food is short here, and people go hungry. Fruit is an important food source for bats. Gina had prepared food and drink for the work party. He always fed Whiskers the best cat food. He had lost his appetite and picked at his food. He obviously enjoys good food. He put out food for the birds. Healthy food can and should be delicious His doctor warned him to reduce his daily food intake. I am trying to cut my weekly food bill by one third. Ice cream is my comfort food of choice. It’s is important to get plenty of exercise and to eat the right foods. Keep food fresher for longer with our new sealable containers. Lack of proper food led to much illness among seamen. Most mammals use their sense of smell to find food. My father preferred to eat meat and hated rabbit food. Omnivores are able to eat animal or vegetable food. Our restaurant serves the finest food. Peasants were encouraged to grow basic food crops such as beans and corn. Plankton is at the bottom of the marine food chain. Please cut up the food for your baby sister. Retail prices of staple foods remain unchanged. She fed her baby on wholesome food. She had had no food for two days. She is trying to cut down on fatty foods. She told the kids not to gulp down their food. Stop playing with your food like a baby! Taste the food and tell me what you think. Thanks to international aid, the town had been supplied with food for nine months. The Dordogne region is famous for its food and wine. The UN has been issuing emergency food supplies to the refugees. The baby refuses to swallow any solid food. The centre offers food and accommodation for students. The city was under siege and began to run short of food. The country intends to increase its share of the European food market. The dog has gone off its food. The female eagle broods and the male hunts for food. The fish market is a ready food supply for seabirds. The labels on food products give a lot of information about their nutritional content. The labels on food products give information about their nutritional content. The male eagle hunts for food. The ocean provided the villagers with an endless supply of food. There has been a food scare over salmonella in eggs. There was a smell of food from the kitchen They moved from town to town begging scraps of food. They sat down at the restaurant table and immediately ordered their food. Try to eat a variety of foods that contain protein. US food policy We had been days without food. We have strikes, food is short and the queues grow longer. We intend to increase our share of the food market. When their food arrived they ate in silence. Who’s doing the food for the party? You should eat more fresh foods. a fast food outlet a restaurant that serves good healthy food animals that are killed for food lower fat alternatives to everyday foods people who live on junk food the amount of food that an average family consumes in a week the characteristic taste of our food the food court at the shopping mall Could you buy a can of dog food? Food shortages have led to famine in many parts of the country. He’s got a busy lifestyle and he only eats ready-made convenience food. The store specializes in frozen foods. This street is full of fast food restaurants. You shouldn’t eat so much junk food.Idioms an idea that makes you think seriously and carefully The programme certainly provides plenty of food for thought.
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