Pronunciation Noun

food (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) Any solid substance that can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:food
    The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
  2. (countable) A foodstuff.
    Synonyms: belly-timber, foodstuff, provender, Thesaurus:food
    • 2006, C Williams, J Buttriss, Improving the Fat Content of Foods ISBN 1845691075, page 492:
      Variation and changes in the trans fatty acid content of different foods, especially in processed foods, further complicate such estimates.
  3. (uncountable, figuratively) Anything that nourishes or sustains.
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    The man's inspiring speech gave us food for thought.
    Mozart and Bach are food for my soul.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      This may prove food to my displeasure.
    • In this moment there is life and food / For future years.
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