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graze

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verb \ˈgrāz\

Definition of graze

grazedgraz·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feed on growing herbage, attached algae, or phytoplankton

  3. 2 :  to eat small portions of food throughout the day

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to crop and eat in the field b :  to feed on the herbage of

  6. 2 a :  to put to graze b :  to put cattle to graze on

  7. 3 :  to supply herbage for the grazing of

graze·able or graz·able play \ˈgrā-zə-bəl\ adjective
graz·er noun


Origin of graze

Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs grass


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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graze

noun

Definition of graze

  1. 1 :  an act of grazing

  2. 2 :  herbage for grazing



1857

First Known Use of graze

1857


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graze

verb

Definition of graze

grazedgraz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch lightly in passing

  3. 2 :  abrade, scratch <grazed her knee when she fell>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to touch or rub against something in passing



Origin of graze

perhaps from 1graze


First Known Use: 1604


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graze

noun

Definition of graze

  1. :  a scraping along a surface or an abrasion made by it; especially :  a superficial abrasion of the skin



1847

First Known Use of graze

1847


GRAZE Defined for Kids

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graze

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verb \ˈgrāz\

Definition of graze

grazedgraz·ing

  1. 1 :  to eat grass <The cattle grazed.>

  2. 2 :  to supply with grass or pasture <The farmer grazed the cattle.>




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graze

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verb

Definition of graze

grazedgraz·ing

  1. 1 :  to rub lightly in passing :  barely touch <The bat just grazed the ball.>

  2. 2 :  to scrape by rubbing against something <… one of the long spikes grazed his shoulder, ripping his robes … — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>




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graze

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noun

Definition of graze

  1. :  a scrape or mark caused by scraping against something





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