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1. Food fit for human consumption.
2. victuals Food supplies; provisions.
v. vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing, vict·uals or vict·ualled or vict·ual·ling
To provide with food.
1. To lay in food supplies.
2. To eat.
[Alteration (influenced by Late Latin vīctuālia, provisions) of Middle English vitaille, from Old French, from Late Latin vīctuālia, provisions, from neuter pl. of Latin vīctuālis, of nourishment, from vīctus, nourishment, from past participle of vīvere, to live; see gwei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Victual is properly pronounced (vĭt′l), with two syllables and no (k) sound. It was borrowed in the 1300s from the Old French form vitaille, which had stress and a diphthong in the second syllable, but the word was Anglicized after that to put the stress up front in the manner of most native English words. The spelling with c (and a little later with u) has a long history too, in both French and English. This spelling is a learned one, showing off the knowledge that the word came from Late Latin victuālia, "provisions." The word is now usually spelled victual, or on occasion vittle, but the pronunciation has remained (vĭt′l).
vb, -uals, -ualling or -ualled, -uals, -ualing or -ualed
1. to supply with or obtain victuals
2. (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
[C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live]
1. victuals, food supplies; provisions.
2. food or provisions for human beings.v.t.
3. to supply with victuals.v.i.
4. to take or obtain victuals.
5. Archaic. to eat or feed.
[1275–1325; Middle English vitaille < Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, n. use of neuter pl. of Latin victuālis of food =victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant s. of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern sp. < Latin]
Past participle: victualled
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|Noun||1.||victual - any substance that can be used as food|
tuck - eatables (especially sweets)
|Verb||1.||victual - supply with food; "The population was victualed during the war"|
|2.||victual - lay in provisions; "The vessel victualled before the long voyage"|
|3.||victual - take in nourishment |
eat - eat a meal; take a meal; "We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls"; "I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"