Word forms: spoon-feeds
1. verb [usu passive] If you think that someone is being given too much help with something and is not making enough effort themselves, you can say they are being spoon-fed. [disapproval] [be V-ed] ⇒ Students are unwilling to really work. They want to be spoon-fed. [be V-ed] ⇒ They've been spoon-fed, provided with a house, servants, bank balance. 2. verb [usu passive] If you say that someone is spoon-fed ideas or information, you mean that they are told about them and are expected to accept them without questioning them. [disapproval] [be V-ed n] ⇒ They were less willing to be spoon-fed doctrines from Japan. [be V-ed n] ⇒ The children who were spoon-fed consumerism have discovered that the years of excess are over. 3. verb If you spoon-feed a small child or a sick person, you feed them using a spoon. [V n] ⇒ It took two years for me to get better, during which time he spoon-fed me and did absolutely everything around the house.
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