food Definition

  • 1any substance that is eaten or drunk to provide nutrition or to satisfy hunger
  • 2nutritious substances in general

Using food: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "food" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to buy some food for dinner tonight.

  • Example

    The restaurant serves delicious food.

  • Example

    Junk food is not good for your health.

  • Example

    Food and water are essential for survival.

food Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for food

Antonyms for food

Idioms Using food

  • to take on more responsibility or work than one can handle


    I think I bit off more than I can chew with this project. It's going to take longer than I thought.

  • bring home the bacon

    to earn a living or provide financial support for one's family


    My dad works hard to bring home the bacon for our family.

  • in a nutshell

    in summary or briefly


    To put it in a nutshell, we need to increase sales if we want to stay in business.

Phrases with food

  • food that is prepared and served quickly, often in a restaurant chain


    I don't eat fast food very often because it's not healthy.

  • small pieces of food that can be eaten with the fingers, often served as appetizers


    The party was catered with lots of finger food, like mini quiches and chicken skewers.

  • food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling of well-being, often associated with childhood or home cooking


    When I'm feeling down, I like to eat comfort food like mac and cheese or mashed potatoes.

Origins of food

from Old English 'fōda', meaning 'nourishment'


Summary: food in Brief

The term 'food' [fuːd] refers to any substance that is eaten or drunk to provide nutrition or to satisfy hunger. It encompasses everything from fast food to comfort food, and includes phrases like 'finger food.' Idioms like 'bite off more than one can chew' and 'bring home the bacon' use food metaphors to convey meanings. 'Food' is essential for survival and can be nutritious or unhealthy.

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