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Definition of "food" []

  • Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life. (noun)
  • A specified kind of nourishment: breakfast food; plant food. (noun)
  • Nourishment eaten in solid form: food and drink. (noun)
  • Something that nourishes or sustains in a way suggestive of physical nourishment: food for thought; food for the soul. (noun)
  • Any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissue (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid form (noun)
  • Anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulus (noun)

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Use "food" in a sentence
  • "Promoted to Headline (H2) on 4/10/09: Michael Pollan has it right about 'food safety' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Michael Pollan has it right about \'food safety\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: "Food safety.""
  • "First low carb won't of itself change any of those emotional issues 90+ % obese/overweight people have with food (while I believe food is to be enjoyed, the whole concept of “comfort food” is a dangerous one for many people) What low carb does (and low fat doesn't) is give people some breathing space without physical hunger – which is a golden chance to deal with those other problems."
  • "A spokesman for Carl's Jr., responding to the food quality issue at Casa, said something to the effect “people don't go there for the food”...not a good thing for the parent company to say!"