feed upon

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Verb1.feed upon - be sustained by; "He fed on the great ideas of her mentor"
fulfil, fulfill, satisfy, meet, fill - fill or meet a want or need
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The Lion was unable after a long chase to catch the Hart, and returned to feed upon the Hare.
No longer was she content to "feed upon opinion" when her own soul had invited her.
I hope to zee it, sister, before the Hanover rats have eat up all our corn, and left us nothing but turneps to feed upon."--"I protest, brother," cries she, "you are now got beyond my understanding.
She recalled that she often had wished she might see a lion, close to, make a kill and feed upon it.
They feed upon raw cow's flesh; when they kill a cow, they keep the blood to rub their bodies with, and wear the guts about their necks for ornaments, which they afterwards give to their wives.
For men's minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another's virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another's fortune.
"Knowing no better, I used my arms as well as my legs for walking, and crawled under the edges of stones or hid among the roots of grasses with no thought beyond finding a few insects smaller than myself to feed upon.
As I watched them playing about I discovered, not only that they suckled their young, but that at intervals they rose to the surface to breathe as well as to feed upon certain grasses and a strange, scarlet lichen which grew upon the rocks just above the water line.
But it is to escape being eaten and destroyed that we have secluded ourselves in this out-of-the-way place, and there is neither right nor justice in your coming here to feed upon us."
Most importantly, provide nectar plants for adults to feed upon and larval food for the young.
According to the West Bengal Forest Department, the incident took place on Friday when the vultures assembled on the track to feed upon a cow carcass.
The tortoises not only clean various types of filth, but feed upon snakes and several dead aquatic creatures, thus preventing water pollution, according to experts.