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See also: diệt, diët, DIET, and Diet


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From Old French diete, from Medieval Latin dieta "daily allowance, regulation, daily order", from Ancient Greek δίαιτα (díaita).


diet (plural diets)

  1. ​The food and beverage a person or animal consumes.
    The diet of the Giant Panda consists mainly of bamboo.
  2. (countable) A controlled regimen of food and drink, as to gain or lose weight or otherwise influence health.
  3. By extension, any habitual intake or consumption.
    He's been reading a steady diet of nonfiction for the last several years.
  4. (countable, usually capitalized as a proper noun) A council or assembly of leaders; a formal deliberative assembly.
    They were given representation of some important diet committees.

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diet (third-person singular simple present diets, present participle dieting, simple past and past participle dieted)

  1. (transitive) To regulate the food of (someone); to put on a diet.
  2. (intransitive) To modify one's food and beverage intake so as to decrease or increase body weight or influence health.
    I've been dieting for six months, and have lost some weight.
  3. (obsolete) To eat; to take one's meals.
    • Francis Bacon
      Let him [] diet in such places, where there is good company of the nation, where he travelleth.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to take food; to feed.
    • Othello
      But partly led to diet my revenge […].


diet (not comparable)

  1. (of a food or beverage) Containing lower-than-normal amounts of fat, salt, sugar, and/or calories.
    diet soda
    • 1982, Consumer Guide, Dieter's Complete Guide to Calories, Carbohydrates, Sodiums, Fats & Cholesterol (page 18)
      Many grocery chains offer premium-priced lean or diet hamburger; but the fat content is usually at least 10 percent, sometimes 15 percent or more.
    • 1998, Andy Sae, Chemical Magic from the Grocery Store:
      The difference in weight (mass) of the regular and the diet drink of the same brand roughly equals to the amount of sugar in the regular drink.
    • 2006, Andrew F. Smith, Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food (page 72)
      By 1963, a study concluded that 28 percent of Americans were dieting. In 1963, the Coca-Cola Company introduced Tab, a diet cola drink.





diet ?? missing information., 1st conj., pres. deju, dej, dej, past deju

  1. to dance (archaic)



Old IrishEdit


From Medieval Latin dieta (daily allowance, regulation, daily order), from Ancient Greek δίαιτα (díaita).


diet f

  1. diet, régime; dieting



diet c

  1. a diet


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