I like to know what you guys think about using feedback as a verb. I've seen it a whole lot in writing and email communications. What would be other alternatives? Your input is appreciated.
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There are plenty of situations in which new verbs can be created in English. If a noun such as "feedback" is used as a verb enough times and it sounds ok to enough people then it will be accepted as a verb. The verb "to google" comes to mind. If it doesn't sound ok to anybody then it will be considered wrong. The noun "feedback" is relatively new in the English language and, for the time being, is usually used with the verb "give". Personally I would never say "please feedback me" I would say "please give me feedback"
Feed back (or feed-back) is already a verb in English.
If someone wants to spell it as feedback and extend its usage to mean to provide feedback, that is fine, but it would only be an extension of an already existing verb.
Both feedback (also spelled feed-back) as a noun and as a (phrasal) verb exist from the early 1920s, first in the field of radio-telegraph technology. So "feed back" is already a verb in English. Whether feed back, feed-back, and/or feedback gains wider usage is unknown to me.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) provides the following.
to feed back (Electronics and Cybernetics)
(a) to return (a fraction of an output signal) to an input of the same or a preceding stage of the circuit, device, process, etc., that produced it. Also transferable. Chiefly in passive. (Cf. feedback noun)
1921 Wireless World 10 Dec. 571/2 The magnified oscillations are fed back again into the grid circuit.
There are other example sentences and they are all spelled fed-back or fed back, whether used in the passive or not. To me this looks like a phrasal verb.
(b) In transferred sense also used intransitively. of a result or effect of a process: to return as feedback; to affect or modify the process that brought it about.
Here is only one example from the OED:
1966 Rep. Comm. Inq. Univ. Oxf. I. 56 There are also advances in social studies, at postgraduate level, that are likely to feed back into undergraduate work.
The verb already exists. To feedback in the sense of provide feedback to someone would just be an extension of its usage.
Feedback is a verb phrase. If you want to change the verb's tense, number, et cetera, you should modify "feed" separately from "back". For example: