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Feed, vb. (impf. and partic. fed) 1) trans. a) to supply with food, to nourish: Ven. 170. Ven. 170 Ven. 170 Sonn. 146, 12. Tp. II, 1, 164. Mids. III, 1, 169. Merch. III, 1, 63. As I, 2, 99. II, 3, 43. All's II, 2, 3 “(highly fed and lowly taught).” II, 4, 39 “(well fed).” R2 III, 2, 12. Tit. IV, 2, 122. Hml. III, 2, 100 etc. to f. fat == to nourish well and copiously: Merch. I, 3, 48. H4A III, 2, 180. cf. H4B II, 4, 193. Figurative use: “a mountain-spring that --s a dale,” Lucr. 1077. “the spring that those shrunk pipes had fed,” Lucr. 1077 “to f. a fire,” John V, 2, 85. H6B III, 1, 303. Tit. I, 144. “desire, fed in heart,” Wiv. V, 5, 101. “fancy . . . with gazing fed,” Merch. III, 2, 68. “to f. my means,” Merch. III, 2, 68 “her sad behaviour --s his vulture folly,” Lucr. 556. “sparing justice --s iniquity,” Lucr. 556 such meet food to f. it (disdain) Ado I, 1, 122. “it will f. my revenge,” Merch. III, 1, 56. “to f. contention,” H4B I, 1, 156. “to f. oblivion with decay of things,” Lucr. 947. “they nourished disobedience, fed the ruin of the state,” Cor. III, 1, 117.
b) to entertain, to indulge: “to f. my humour, wish thyself no harm,” R3 IV, 1, 65. “f. his humour kindly,” Tit. IV, 3, 29. “to f. his brain-sick fits,” V, 2, 71. “he doth me wrong to f. me with delays,” IV, 3, 42 (== to keep me in vain hopes, to put me off).
c) to delight: “the object that did f. her sight,” Ven. 822. “he fed them with his sight,” Ven. 822 “the sight of lovers --eth those in love,” As III, 4, 60. “makes me see and cannot f. mine eye,” All's I, 1, 236. “her eye must be fed,” Oth. II, 1, 228. “follow my disgraces, as if it fed ye,” H8 III, 2, 241. “f. yourselves with questioning,” As V, 4, 144. “in his commendations I am fed,” Mcb. I, 4, 55. “I f. myself with most delicious poison,” Ant. I, 5, 26. “please your thoughts in --ing them with those my former fortunes,” IV, 15, 53.
d) to eat, to consume: “virginity consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with --ing his own stomach,” All's I, 1, 155 (corrupt?)
2) intr. a) to eat: Lucr All's I, 1, 155 Sonn. 56, 3. 118, 6. Tp. III, 3, 49. Meas. I, 4, 41. Err. V, 64. As I, 1, 20. II, 4, 73. II, 7, 105. II, 7, 105 R2 II, 1, 37. H4B II, 4, 193. H6B IV, 1, 57. Tit. V, 3, 54. Tim. IV, 3, 444. Mcb. III, 4, 35. Mcb. III, 4, 35 Ant. V, 2, 187 etc. Used of animals, == to graze, to take fodder: Ven. 232. Pilgr. 245. Err. II, 1, 101. As I, 1, 12. H4A V, 2, 14. H4B II, 2, 160. Tim. V, 1, 52 etc. “we both have fed as well,” Caes. I, 2, 98 (have been nourished with as good food). “my wife is fair, --s well, loves company,” Oth. III, 3, 184 (i. e. eating and drinking takes well with her). fed well, 340 (only in Ff.; == ate with appetite). Followed by of: “never fed of the dainties,” LLL IV, 2, 25. Tit. V, 3, 61. Hml. IV, 3, 30. Oftener by “on:” Ven. 63. Ven. 63 Sonn. 147, 3. Gentl. I, 2, 106. II, 1, 179. II, 4, 27. LLL II, 220. As II, 4, 86. Shr. IV, 3, 24. John III, 3, 10. Tim. IV, 3, 306. Caes. I, 2, 149 etc. Figurative use: “when his glutton eye so full hath fed,” Ven. 399. Ven. 399 “the vulture of sedition --s in the bosom of such great commanders,” H6A IV, 3, 48. “my half-supped sword, that frankly would have fed,” Troil. V, 8, 19. “the pleasure that some fathers f. upon,” R2 II, 1, 79. “you have fed upon my signories,” III, 1, 22.
b) to eat away, to consume, to destroy: under whose (love's) simple semblance he (lust) “hath fed upon fresh beauty,” Ven. 795. “time --s on the rarities of nature's truth,” Sonn. 60, 11. “so shalt thou f. on death, that --s on men, and death once dead, there's no more dying then,” 146, 13. “to f. upon the prodigal Christian,” Merch. II, 5, 14. “the care on thee depending hath fed upon the body of my father,” H4B IV, 5, 160. “such as your oppression --s upon,” H6A IV, 1, 58. “a mortal mineral, which should by the minute f. on life,” Cymb. V, 5, 51.
c) to indulge in a thought, to be taken up with it: “and f. upon the shadow of perfection,” Gentl. III, 1, 177. “I have fed upon this woe already,” Gentl. III, 1, 177 “you f. too much on this dislike,” Troil. II, 3, 235. “--s on his wonder,” Hml. IV, 5, 89 (Ff keeps on his wonder; Qq feeds on this wonder).
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