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spoon-feed

(spo͞on′fēd′)
tr.v. spoon-fed (-fĕd′), spoon-feed·ing, spoon-feeds
1. To feed (another) with a spoon.
2. To treat (another) in a way that discourages independent thought or action, as by overindulgence.
3.
a. To provide (another) with knowledge or information in an oversimplified way.
b. To provide (knowledge or information) in an oversimplified way.

spoon-feed

vb (tr) , -feeds, -feeding or -fed
1. (Cookery) to feed with a spoon
2. to overindulge or spoil
3. to provide (a person) with ready-made opinions, judgments, etc, depriving him of original thought or action

spoon′-feed`



v.t. -fed, -feed•ing.
1. to feed with a spoon.
2. to provide so fully with information or the like that one is prevented from thinking or acting independently.
3. to provide someone with (information or the like) in this way.
4. to pamper.
[1605–15]

spoon-feed


Past participle: spoon-fed
Gerund: spoon-feeding

Imperative
spoon-feed
spoon-feed
Present
I spoon-feed
you spoon-feed
he/she/it spoon-feeds
we spoon-feed
you spoon-feed
they spoon-feed
Preterite
I spoon-fed
you spoon-fed
he/she/it spoon-fed
we spoon-fed
you spoon-fed
they spoon-fed
Present Continuous
I am spoon-feeding
you are spoon-feeding
he/she/it is spoon-feeding
we are spoon-feeding
you are spoon-feeding
they are spoon-feeding
Present Perfect
I have spoon-fed
you have spoon-fed
he/she/it has spoon-fed
we have spoon-fed
you have spoon-fed
they have spoon-fed
Past Continuous
I was spoon-feeding
you were spoon-feeding
he/she/it was spoon-feeding
we were spoon-feeding
you were spoon-feeding
they were spoon-feeding
Past Perfect
I had spoon-fed
you had spoon-fed
he/she/it had spoon-fed
we had spoon-fed
you had spoon-fed
they had spoon-fed
Future
I will spoon-feed
you will spoon-feed
he/she/it will spoon-feed
we will spoon-feed
you will spoon-feed
they will spoon-feed
Future Perfect
I will have spoon-fed
you will have spoon-fed
he/she/it will have spoon-fed
we will have spoon-fed
you will have spoon-fed
they will have spoon-fed
Future Continuous
I will be spoon-feeding
you will be spoon-feeding
he/she/it will be spoon-feeding
we will be spoon-feeding
you will be spoon-feeding
they will be spoon-feeding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spoon-feeding
you have been spoon-feeding
he/she/it has been spoon-feeding
we have been spoon-feeding
you have been spoon-feeding
they have been spoon-feeding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spoon-feeding
you will have been spoon-feeding
he/she/it will have been spoon-feeding
we will have been spoon-feeding
you will have been spoon-feeding
they will have been spoon-feeding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spoon-feeding
you had been spoon-feeding
he/she/it had been spoon-feeding
we had been spoon-feeding
you had been spoon-feeding
they had been spoon-feeding
Conditional
I would spoon-feed
you would spoon-feed
he/she/it would spoon-feed
we would spoon-feed
you would spoon-feed
they would spoon-feed
Past Conditional
I would have spoon-fed
you would have spoon-fed
he/she/it would have spoon-fed
we would have spoon-fed
you would have spoon-fed
they would have spoon-fed
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spoon-feed

verb mollycoddle, spoil, cosset, baby, featherbed, overindulge, overprotect, wrap up in cotton wool (informal) He spoon-fed me and did everything around the house.
Translations

spoon-feed

[ˈspuːnfiːd] (spoon-fed (pt, pp)) VT
1. (lit) → dar de comer con cuchara a
2. (fig) → dar todo hecho a, poner todo en bandeja a, malacostumbrar
it isn't good to spoon-feed childrenno es bueno dárselo todo hecho or ponérselo todo en bandeja or malacostumbrar a los niños

spoon-feed

pret, ptp <spoon-fed>
vt baby, invalidfüttern; (fig: = do thinking for) → gängeln; (= supply with)füttern (inf)

spoon-feed

[ˈspuːnˌfiːd] (spoon-fed (pt, pp)) [ˈspuːnˌfɛd] vtimboccare (fig) → scodellare la pappa a

spoon

(spuːn) noun
1. an instrument shaped like a shallow bowl with a handle for lifting food (especially soup or pudding) to the mouth, or for stirring tea, coffee etc. a teaspoon/soup-spoon.
2. a spoonful.
verb
to lift or scoop up with a spoon. She spooned food into the baby's mouth.
ˈspoonful noun
the amount held by a spoon. three spoonfuls of sugar.
ˈspoon-feedpast tense, past participle ˈspoon-fed verb
1. to feed with a spoon.
2. to teach or treat (a person) in a way that does not allow him to think or act for himself.
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ALLOWING babies to feed themselves solid foods rather than spoon-feeding them does not increase the risk of choking, research has found.
So, if you're spoon-feeding your baby, give them a spoon of their own to hold and play with and dip in the bowl, let them put their fingers in the yoghurt, give them some soft cooked vegetables to hold and mush, or some nice squashy fruit pieces.
Strict BLW does not include any spoon-feeding by an adult and instead relies on the infant to completely self-feed whole foods from the start of the complementary feeding period [5].
She arrives at a cafe and is horrified to see Tim spoon-feeding Kevin (don't ask).
BLACKPOOL Jenny and She arrives at a cafe and is horrified to see Tim spoon-feeding Kevin (don't ask).
Staff from the restaurant were caught on CCTV spoon-feeding ultra spicy curry into students' mouths which left them vomiting in the streets.
I think what is lacking is a certain element of trust between the client and the advertising agency with the client insisting on spoon-feeding the agency about everything from concept to the execution.
Spoon-feeding can contribute widely to childhood obesity, researchers warn parents.
It is understood that staff at one of the schools raised concerns over the alleged spoon-feeding of exam answers to Year Six pupils.
If an infant of four months truly needs solid foods, then spoon-feeding and purees are appropriate, while for most infants of six months they are not.
I do not want spoon-feeding by some producer and analyst whose egos are stronger than their judgement.
The baby-led weaning movement advocates, in a nutshell, giving infants solid finger food and allowing them to master eating for themselves, rather than spoon-feeding them purees.