"If you then examined the European national youth teams that feed the World Cup and professional ranks, you would find this strange phenomenon to be even more pronounced."

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  • Which definitions have found and which of those have you discounted and why? – Jim Dec 9 '15 at 14:39
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    Just as a tributary, a smaller stream, feeds or feeds into a larger river, those youth teams supply players to the professional ranks. – TRomano Dec 9 '15 at 14:54
  • One of the meanings of feed:to give food to a person or an animal.So I think that the youth teams provide players to compete with others in the World Cup.The meaning isn't its basic meaning.I'm not sure if it is correct,so I posted after googling. – Al Wei Dec 11 '15 at 1:08

Feed in this context means "provide".

So the youth teams provide players for the European leagues.


"The high schools in our area are of a high level, and feed directly into the Ivy League Universities."

Meaning that the Ivy League Universities take many students from the high schools in our area.

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