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daI iht
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noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the food and drink usually eaten and drunk by a person or animal.
The diet of a newborn baby is usually his mother's milk.
similar words:
fare, food, nourishment, nutrition
definition 2: a special selection of food and drink to improve one's health or to correct physical problems.
The doctor put him on a diet that is low in salt.
part of speech: verb
inflections: diets, dieting, dieted
definition: to eat less food or choose certain foods to improve health or lose weight.
derivation: dieter (n.)
Word History
Diet comes from diaeta, a Latin word that means "a recommended way of life." This Latin word came from a Greek word that meant "to select food and drink."
Word Builder: diet +
  • dietary:
    having to do with diet.
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