diet

di|et1 [ `daıət ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the food that a person or animal usually eats:
Poor diet can affect the unborn baby.
Try to eat a balanced diet.
diet of: The bird has a diet of nuts and berries.
a ) count a limited amount of food that someone eats because they are trying to become thinner:
Most of these diets just don't work.
go/be on a diet: I can't button my jeans I'll have to go on a diet.
b ) count a limited range of foods that someone eats to improve their health:
products suitable for a wheat-free diet
c ) only before noun containing less sugar or fat than other similar foods:
diet yogurt/cola
2. ) count diet of the things that a person regularly sees or experiences, especially when these are of poor quality:
We are fed a diet of game shows and soap operas.
3. ) count the national legislature in some countries, for example Japan
diet
di|et 2 [ `daıət ] verb intransitive
to eat particular foods or small amounts of food because you are trying to become thinner
╾ di|et|ing noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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