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Definition of "diet" []

  • The usual food and drink of a person or animal. (noun)
  • A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss. (noun)
  • Something used, enjoyed, or provided regularly: subsisted on a diet of detective novels during his vacation. (noun)
  • Of or relating to a food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person or an animal: the diet industry. (adjective)
  • Having fewer calories. (adjective)

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.

Use "diet" in a sentence
  • "If adults take away one thing from this program, it could be that the word diet is a dirty word."
  • "From now on, the word diet will merely refer to the enjoyable four or five times a day we eat, and stay whole, strong, and handsome as a result."
  • "And anyway, the first three letters in the word diet should tell you what I want it to do."