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Food vs. Feed: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 7, 2023
"Food" generally refers to substances consumed by humans for nutrition, while "Feed" refers to substances given to animals for sustenance.

Key Differences

"Food" and "Feed" are terms that address the sustenance of living organisms, but they cater to different consumers. "Food" typically denotes substances that humans consume for nutrition and sustenance. It encompasses a wide variety of items, from fruits and vegetables to meats and grains. "Food" can be cooked, processed, or raw, but it's primarily meant for human consumption.
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Oct 04, 2023
"Feed," on the other hand, pertains to the sustenance provided to animals. It can come in various forms, including pellets, hay, grains, and mixtures specifically formulated for particular animals. When someone refers to "chicken feed" or "horse feed," they are speaking of a mixture designed for the dietary needs of that particular animal.
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Oct 04, 2023
It's worth noting that while all "Food" can be "Feed" (since many animals eat what humans eat), not all "Feed" is suitable as "Food." For instance, certain animal feeds might contain substances or formulations that are not fit or beneficial for human consumption.
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Oct 04, 2023
Another distinguishing aspect is the verb form of "Feed." While "Food" remains a noun, "Feed" can be both a noun and a verb. As a verb, "Feed" describes the act of providing sustenance, whether it's to humans or animals. For example, one might "feed the birds" or "feed the children."
Harlon Moss
Oct 04, 2023
In essence, both "Food" and "Feed" revolve around nutrition and sustenance. The primary distinction lies in the intended consumer: "Food" for humans, and "Feed" for animals.
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Oct 04, 2023
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Definition

Substances consumed by humans
Substances given to animals
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Intended For

Primarily humans
Animals
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Forms

Can be raw, processed, cooked
Often comes as pellets, hay, grains
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Composition

Suitable for human consumption
Formulated for specific animal needs
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Usage

Always a noun
Can be both a noun and a verb
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Oct 04, 2023
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Food and Feed Definitions

Food

Any nutritious substance that people eat or drink to maintain life.
The food at the restaurant was delicious.
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Feed

To supply or provide something necessary for growth or development.
Rain helps feed the plants.
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Food

Items consumed by humans for taste and sustenance.
Street food in the city offers a variety of flavors.
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Feed

To give food to; supply with nourishment
Feed the children.
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Food

Edible items derived from plants or animals.
The food pyramid suggests a balanced diet.
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Feed

To provide as food or nourishment
Fed fish to the cat.
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Food

Products, dishes, or ingredients prepared for consumption.
The food industry has seen major changes over the years.
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Feed

To serve as food for
The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.
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Food

Anything that provides mental stimulus and nourishment.
Good books are food for the soul.
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Feed

To produce food for
The valley feeds an entire county.
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Food

Material, especially carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, that an organism uses for energy, growth, and maintaining the processes of life. Plants, algae, and some bacteria make their own food through photosynthesis, while animals and most other organisms obtain food by consuming other organisms or organic matter.
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Feed

To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation
Feed logs to a fire.
Feed data into a computer.
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Food

A specified kind of nourishment
Breakfast food.
Plant food.
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Feed

To supply with something essential for growth, maintenance, or operation
Melting snow feeds the reservoirs.
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Food

Nourishment eaten in solid form
Food and drink.
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Feed

To transmit (media content) by means of a communications network or satellite, as for processing or distribution.
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Food

Something that nourishes or sustains in a way suggestive of physical nourishment
Food for thought.
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Feed

To minister to; gratify
Fed their appetite for the morbid.
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Food

(uncountable) Any solid substance that can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
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Feed

To support or promote; encourage
His unexplained absences fed our suspicions.
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Food

(countable) A foodstuff.
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Feed

To supply as a cue
Feed lines to an actor.
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Food

Anything that nourishes or sustains.
The man's inspiring speech gave us food for thought.
Mozart and Bach are food for my soul.
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Feed

(Sports) To pass a ball or puck to (a teammate), especially to set up a scoring chance.
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Food

What is fed upon; that which goes to support life by being received within, and assimilated by, the organism of an animal or a plant; nutriment; aliment; especially, what is eaten by animals for nourishment.
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Feed

To eat. Used of animals
Pigs feeding at a trough.
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Food

Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes.
This may prove food to my displeasure.
In this moment there is life and foodFor future years.
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Feed

To be nourished or supported
An ego that feeds on flattery.
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Food

To supply with food.
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Feed

To move steadily, as into a machine for processing.
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Food

Any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue
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Feed

To be channeled; flow
This road feeds into the freeway.
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Food

Any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment;
Food and drink
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Feed

Food for animals, especially livestock.
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Food

Anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
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Feed

The amount of such food given at one time.
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Feed

(Informal) A meal, especially a large one
We had a great feed at the restaurant.
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Feed

The act of providing food, especially to an animal
Food given at one feed.
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Feed

Material or an amount of material supplied, as to a machine or furnace.
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Feed

The act of supplying such material.
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Feed

An apparatus that supplies material to a machine.
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Feed

The aperture through which such material enters a machine.
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Feed

The transmission or conveyance of published content, as by satellite, on the internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.
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Feed

A signal or program made by means of such transmission
The satellite feed was garbled due to sunspot activity.
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Feed

(Sports) A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.
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Feed

(transitive) To give (someone or something) food to eat.
Feed the dog every evening.
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Feed

(intransitive) To eat usually of animals.
Spiders feed on gnats and flies.
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Feed

(ditransitive) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.
Feed the fish to the dolphins.
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Feed

(transitive) To give to a machine to be processed.
Feed the paper gently into the document shredder.
We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.
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Feed

(figurative) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).
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Feed

To supply with something.
Springs feed ponds with water.
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Feed

To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
If grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.
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Feed

To pass to.
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Feed

To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply; to be applied before another rule.
Nasalization feeds raising.
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Feed

To create the syntactic environment in which another syntactic rule is applied; to be applied before another syntactic rule.
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Feed

Simple past tense and past participle of fee
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Feed

(uncountable) Food given to (especially herbivorous) non-human animals.
They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.
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Feed

Something supplied continuously.
A satellite feed
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Feed

The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon.
The paper feed of a printer
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Feed

The forward motion of the material fed into a machine.
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Feed

A meal.
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Feed

(countable) A gathering to eat, especially in large quantities.
They held a crab feed on the beach.
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Feed

(Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.
I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.
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Feed

A straight man who delivers lines to the comedian during a performance.
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Feed

To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.
If thine enemy hunger, feed him.
Unreasonable creatures feed their young.
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Feed

To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire.
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Feeding him with the hope of liberty.
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Feed

To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill; to feed a furnace with coal.
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Feed

To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard.
Thou shalt feed my people Israel.
Mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed.
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Feed

To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.
Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
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Feed

To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed water to a steam boiler.
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Feed

To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
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Feed

To take food; to eat.
Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed.
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Feed

To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one's self (upon something); to prey; - with on or upon.
Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon.
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Feed

To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by food.
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Feed

To place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze.
If a man . . . shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field.
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Feed

That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep.
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Feed

A grazing or pasture ground.
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Feed

An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.
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Feed

A meal, or the act of eating.
For such pleasure till that hourAt feed or fountain never had I found.
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Feed

The water supplied to steam boilers.
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Feed

The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing machine; or of producing progressive operation upon any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the work.
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Feed

Food for domestic livestock
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Feed

Provide as food;
Feed the guests the nuts
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Feed

Give food to;
Feed the starving children in India
Don't give the child this tough meat
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Feed

Feed into; supply;
Her success feeds her vanity
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Feed

Introduce continuously;
Feed carrots into a food processor
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Feed

Support or promote;
His admiration fed her vanity
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Feed

Take in food; used of animals only;
This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat
What do whales eat?
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Feed

Serve as food for; be the food for;
This dish feeds six
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Feed

Move along, of liquids;
Water flowed into the cave
The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
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Feed

Profit from in an exploitatory manner;
He feeds on her insecurity
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Feed

Gratify;
Feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view
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Feed

Provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to;
We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants
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Feed

Food provided for livestock and other animals.
The farmer purchased feed for his cattle.
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Feed

To give food to a person, child, or animal.
It's important to feed your pets daily.
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Feed

To produce or serve as food for.
These trees feed the entire ecosystem.
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Feed

A broadcast or online stream of news or content.
I checked my social media feed this morning.
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FAQs

Is dog Food considered Feed?

Technically, yes, since it's formulated for animal consumption.
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Oct 04, 2023

Can humans eat animal Feed?

Some feeds may be safe, but they're not formulated for human nutrition.
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Is all Food suitable as Feed for animals?

Not always; some human foods can be harmful to animals.
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Can "Feed" also be a verb?

Yes, it can mean providing sustenance to someone or something.
Harlon Moss
Oct 04, 2023

Which is more diverse in terms of culinary exploration, Food or Feed?

"Food" due to the diverse culinary cultures and tastes humans have.
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Oct 04, 2023

Is there a difference between Food and Feed?

Yes, "Food" is for humans, while "Feed" is for animals.
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Why is there a difference in Food and Feed formulations?

Different species have varied nutritional requirements.
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Can "Food" also be a verb like "Feed"?

No, "Food" remains a noun.
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Oct 04, 2023

Are all feeds grain-based?

No, feeds vary based on the animal's dietary needs.
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Are there foods that are both Food and Feed?

Yes, like grains that humans eat and also provide to animals.
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Oct 04, 2023

Is chicken feed suitable for all birds?

No, different birds have specific dietary needs.
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Oct 04, 2023

Is "Feed" always related to animals?

Predominantly, but in digital contexts, a "feed" can refer to streaming content.
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Is there a Feed for every animal species?

Many species have specialized feeds, but not all.
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Is hay considered Feed?

Yes, it's often given to herbivorous animals.
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Can a Food also be a delicacy?

Yes, some foods are considered delicacies in certain cultures.
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Can food shortages affect Feed availability?

Yes, as some animal feeds rely on human food byproducts.
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Oct 04, 2023

What's a food chain?

A series of organisms interlinked by their feeding relations.
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Do all animals eat the same kind of Feed?

No, Feed is often specialized based on the animal species.
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Do plants have Food?

They produce their own food through photosynthesis.
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What is a news Feed?

A stream of news or content, especially in digital platforms.
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