meal noun

ADJ. big, filling, heavy I always want to go to sleep after a heavy meal. | slap-up | lavish, sumptuous | square, substantial She hadn't had a square meal for days. | light, simple The bar serves light meals. | meagre a meagre meal of bread and cheese | four-course, three-course, etc. | appetizing, decent, delicious, excellent, lovely, tasty Thanks for a delicious meal. | balanced, healthy, nourishing, wholesome | main When do you have your main meal of the day? | evening, midday | hot Hot meals are not available after 10 o'clock. | vegetarian
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eat, have, take (formal)~ Have you had breakfast?

grab, snatch ~ I'm so busy I have to snatch meals when I can.

ask sb to ~ have/invite/take sb for/to ~ come/go for/to ~ He wouldn't have asked her to supper if he didn't like her, she reasoned.

These verbs are often used with around, out, over and round: We must have you over for dinner sometime. Let's go out for a meal.

be out to lunch He's out to lunch with a client.

stop for ~ We stopped for tea at the Ritz.

join sb for, stay for/to ~ You're sure you wont stay for tea?

sit down to, start ~ finish ~ We had just sat down to breakfast when the phone rang.

skip ~ I sometimes skip lunch if we're very busy.

cook (sb), fix (sb), get ready, make (sb), prepare ~ She hurried downstairs to fix herself some breakfast.

have ~ ready We'll have supper ready for you.

serve ~ Lunch is served from noon till 3.

keep warm, warm up ~ I'll be home late, so keep my dinner warm.

provide, provide sb (with) ~ Dinner is provided in the superb hotel restaurant.

~ be available A four course dinner is available by prior arrangement.

~ be ready ‘Breakfast's ready!’ shouted Christine.

~ time The family was always noisy at meal times.

at/during/over ~ Nobody spoke during supper.

for ~ What did you have for lunch?

~ of a breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup