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Dictionary Definition



1 a prescribed selection of foods
2 a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)
3 the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)
4 the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods) [syn: dieting]


1 follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons; "He has high blood pressure and must stick to a low-salt diet"
2 eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The food and beverage a person or animal consumes.
    The diet of the Giant Panda consists mainly of bamboo.
  2. 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. A council or assembly of leaders.


food a person or animal consumes
controlled regimen of food
habitual consumption
council of leaders


  1. To modify one's food and beverage intake so as to decrease or increase body weight or influence health.


Extensive Definition

Diet, in relation to food, might mean:
  • Diet (nutrition), the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group.
  • Dieting, the deliberate selection of food to control body weight or nutrient intake.
  • Diet food, foods that aid in dieting
  • Cuisine, the diet of a particular culture
Diet may also mean:
  • The Imperial Diet: (German: Reichstag) the imperial assembly of the princes of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806
  • The Diet of the Empire: (German: Reichstag) legislative assembly of the German Empire 1871–1917
  • The Federal Diet: (literally for German: Deutscher Bundestag) federal parliament of Germany
  • State Diet: (literally for German: Landtag) state parliament of most of the German federated states
  • Diet of Finland: the legislative assembly of the Grand Duchy of Finland from 1809 to 1906
  • Diet of Japan: Japan's legislature
diet in Danish: Diæt
diet in German: Diäten
diet in Persian: رژیم غذایی
diet in French: Diète
diet in Italian: Dieta
diet in Polish: Dieta
diet in Portuguese: Dieta (desambiguação)
diet in Swedish: Diet
diet in Yiddish: דיעטע

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