food noun

ADJ. delicious, excellent, good, superb, tasty, wonderful | favourite | decent | adequate, enough, sufficient Everyone has the right to adequate food and clean water. | ample | basic, everyday, staple lower fat alternatives to everyday foods Retail prices of staple foods remain unchanged. | plain, simple | exotic, speciality | fine, gourmet, quality Our restaurant serves the finest food. | cheap | bad, poor, unhealthy | healthy, nourishing, nutritious, proper, the right, wholesome Healthy food can and should be delicious Lack of proper food led to much illness among seamen. It's is important to get plenty of exercise and to eat the right foods. | diet, health Essential oils can be bought from most good health food shops | rabbit (informal, disapproving) My father preferred to eat meat and hated rabbit food (= lettuce and other raw vegetables normally found in salads). | fast, junk, snack, takeaway | hot | cold | raw, uncooked | leftover | rotten | fresh | natural | organic | frozen | canned, tinned | processed | convenience, ready-made, ready-prepared | fatty, fried, starchy, stodgy She is trying to cut down on fatty foods. | high-calorie, rich Avoid rich foods like pastries. | sugary, sweet | savoury, spicy | Greek, Indian, etc. | vegetarian | genetically-modified Campaigners are challenging the safety of genetically-modified foods. | animal, vegetable Omnivores are able to eat animal or vegetable food. | solid The baby refuses to swallow any solid food. | baby | cat, dog, fish, pet | hospital, party, prison, pub, restaurant | imported

QUANT. portion, plate | morsel, scrap They moved from village to village begging scraps of food.

VERB + FOOD consume, eat, have the amount of food that an average family consumes in a week You should eat more fresh foods. She had had no food for two days. | enjoy, like He obviously enjoys good food. | live on people who live on junk food | be off, go off The dog has gone off its food. | avoid, cut down on, cut out | be/go short of, run short of The city was under siege and began to run short of food. | be without, go without, live without We had been days without food. | offer (sb) The centre offers food and accommodation for students. | give sb, provide (sb with), serve (sb), supply (sb with) a restaurant that serves good healthy food Thanks to international aid, the town had been supplied with food for nine months. | feed sb/sth (on) He always fed Whiskers the best cat food. She fed her baby on wholesome food. | handle Always take great care when handling food. | cook, do, make, prepare A lot of people can't be bothered to cook good food. Who's doing the food for the party? | smell, taste Taste the food and tell me what you think. | cut (up) Please cut up the food for your baby sister. | pick at He had lost his appetite and picked at his food. | play with Stop playing with your food like a baby! | chew | swallow | bolt, gulp (down) She told the kids not to gulp down their food. | digest | order They sat down at the restaurant table and immediately ordered their food. | grow | import | beg (for), hunt for, look for, search for, scavenge for The female eagle broods and the male hunts for food. | find Most mammals use their sense of smell to find food. | keep, store Keep food fresher for longer with our new sealable containers. Bears store food for the winter. | put out He put out food for the birds. | share

FOOD + VERB smell, taste Does the food taste good? | be in short supply, be short We have strikes, food is short and the queues grow longer. | run out

FOOD + NOUN resource, source, supply Fruits are an important food source for bats. The seaside fish market is a ready food supply for scavenging seabirds. | supplies The UN has b | stuff (also foodstuff) Many basic foodstuffs, such as bread and milk, are tax-free. | crop, plant Peasants were encouraged to grow basic food crops such as beans and corn. | product The labels on food products give a lot of information about their nutritional content. | consumption | intake His doctor warned him to reduce his daily food intake. | preparation | hygiene, safety | scare There has been a food scare over salmonella in eggs. | distribution | crisis, shortage | rationing, rations | industry, market The country intends to increase its share of the European food market. | manufacturing, production | company, manufacturer, producer | market, outlet, retailer, shop, store, supplier Britain's first organic food market a fast food outlet | prices | bill I am trying to cut my weekly food bill by one third. | policy EU food policy | poisoning | additives | colouring | processor Blend the egg yolks, lemon juice and herbs in a food processor. | chain Plankton is at the bottom of the marine food chain.

PREP. for ~ killing animals for food | without ~ After three days without food, the men were close to starvation.

PHRASES food and drink Gina had prepared food and drink for the work party. | food and water Food and water were running out. | food and wine The Dordogne region is famous for its food and wine. | a smell of food There was a smell of food from the kitchen | a supply of food The ocean provided the villagers with an endless supply of food. | the taste of food the characteristic taste of our food