Quick answer
"Feed" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "alimentar", and "eat" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "comer". Learn more about the difference between "feed" and "eat" below.
feed(
fid
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to provide food to)
a. alimentar
This meal is enough to feed an army!¡Esta comida es suficiente para alimentar a un ejército!
b. dar de comer
Remember to feed the dogs before you leave the house.Acuérdate de dar de comer a los perros antes de salir de la casa.
c. dar el biberón a
Jorge feeds the baby at 4 am.Jorge le da el biberón al bebé a las 4 am.
d. dar el pecho a
Monica feeds her baby six times a day.Mónica le da el pecho a su bebé seis veces por día.
e. amamantar (to breast-feed)
Silvia feeds her baby before she goes to work.Silvia amamanta a su bebé antes de salir a trabajar.
f. dar de mamar a (to breast-feed)
He doesn't drink formula. Find his mother to feed him.No toma leche maternizada. Encuentra a su mamá para que le dé de mamar.
2. (to provide as food)
a. dar de comer
The kids were feeding seeds to the birds.Los niños daban de comer alpiste a los pájaros.
3. (to supply)
a. alimentar
We need to cut the line that feeds the pump before we begin the repair.Hay que cortar la conducción que alimenta la bomba antes de comenzar a reparar.
b. echar monedas a (with coins)
I'll be right back. I need to go feed the meter.Ahora vuelvo. Tengo que ir a echar unas monedas al parquímetro.
c. proporcionar
He was feeding information to the press about the peace talks.Proporcionaba información a la prensa sobre las conversaciones de paz.
4. (to insert)
a. introducir
You need to feed the plastic slowly into the machine.Debes introducir el plástico lentamente en la máquina.
5. (to boost)
a. alimentar
The only reason Ben keeps you around is because you feed his ego.El único motivo por el que Ben te quiere cerca es porque alimentas su ego.
6. (sports)
a. pasar
He fed the ball to Johnson, who scored from the three-point line.Pasó la pelota a Johnson, que encestó desde la línea de triple.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to eat)
a. alimentarse
Tigers will feed on almost any creature that they can bring down.Los tigres se alimentarán de casi cualquier criatura que puedan capturar.
b. comer
The island population feeds mainly on seafood.La población de la isla come principalmente marisco.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (act of feeding)
a. la toma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I take care of the 3 am feed so my wife can sleep.Me encargo de la toma de las 3 de la mañana para que mi esposa pueda dormir.
b. la comida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The baby goes right back to sleep after her feed.La bebé vuelve a dormirse enseguida después de su comida.
9. (food for animals)
a. el pienso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(dry)
We give our chickens only organic feed.Les damos a nuestros pollos solamente pienso orgánico.
b. el forraje
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(vegetables)
The feed for the horses is in the barn.El forraje para los caballos está en el granero.
10. (technology)
a. el alimentador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The paper feed is jammed again.El alimentador de papel está atascado otra vez.
11. (telecommunications)
a. el feed
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The news came through on my feed first thing this morning.La noticia salió en mi feed a primera hora de la mañana.
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eat(
it
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to consume)
a. comer
I haven't eaten anything since this morning.No he comido nada desde esta mañana.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to consume)
a. comer
We haven't eaten there in years.Hace años que no comemos allí.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to worry or bother)
a. preocupar
Why are you so serious? What's eating you? Come on, tell me.¿Por qué estás tan serio? ¿Qué te preocupa? Vamos, dímelo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
What's eating her? She didn't even say hello to us.¿Qué mosca le habrá picado? Ni siquiera nos saludó.
What's eating him? Why did he slam the door?¿Qué le pasa? ¿Por qué dio ese portazo?
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