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Hi,

I was looking at the Collins Cobuild Compact English Learner's Dictionary for the word 'cake' and it noted as this:

N-VAR A cake is a sweet food made by baking a mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, and fat.

My question is the word 'food' also being a variable noun, can it also be like this?

A cake is sweet food made by baking a mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, and fat.

Also,

I was looking at the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionary and it noted the following for the word 'parking':

Parking is space for parking vehicle in.

My question to that is "Can it be like this?"

Parking is a space for parking vehicle in.
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I'd say a cake is a food.

a food = a kind (type) of food

As to parking, I think it is a space. No Idea why they omitted the article in Collins.
Hi Believer

You wrote, 'I was looking at the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionary...'

The name of the dictionary is Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.

I think it is important to write the name of the dictionary correctly. I hope you agree with me.