agist·​ment | \ ə-ˈjist-mənt \
plural -s

Definition of agistment

1a : the taking in of livestock for feeding at a specified rate
b : the opening of a forest to livestock for a specified period
2a : the price paid for or the profit made from agisting livestock
b : a charge or rate against lands

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First Known Use of agistment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for agistment

Middle French agistement, from agister + -ment

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“Agistment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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