corral

noun
cor·​ral | \kə-ˈral, -ˈrel\

Definition of corral 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock herded the cattle into the corral

2 : an enclosure made with wagons for defense of an encampment

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 1) corralled the horses

2 : to arrange (wagons) so as to form a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 2)

3 : collect, gather corralling votes for the upcoming election

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Synonyms & Antonyms for corral

Synonyms: Noun

cage, coop, hutch, pen, pound

Synonyms: Verb

accumulate, amass, assemble, bulk (up), collect, concentrate, congregate, garner, gather, group, lump, pick up, round up

Antonyms: Verb

dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter

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Examples of corral in a Sentence

Noun

the horses live in our corral, along with a cow

Verb

corralled everyone in the conference room for a speech by the CEO corralled a scattering of stray pens and quickly stuffed them in the drawer to tidy the desk
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are reasons for concern: zero regulations, no corrals or parking spots, and worries about smacking pedestrians. San Francisco Chronicle, "Little kid traffic hazards," 17 Apr. 2018 Also see how Hayes corrals, among others, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maxine Waters, Emily Dickinson, Prince and Eurydice as shields, as code words, to repel would-be assassins. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 As usual during large events, bike corrals will travel around until 3 p.m. Tuesday to make more room at Capital Bikeshare stations. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "The Caps’ Stanley Cup parade: Here’s everything you need to know.," 11 June 2018 Thousands of runners gathered in race corrals early Saturday morning in Tempe as the sun was just beginning to rise above 'A' Mountain. Derek Hall, azcentral, "28,000 gather in Tempe to honor hero Pat Tillman at 14th annual Pat's Run," 21 Apr. 2018 Elite athletes wore rain jackets and dodged puddles on the sleek pavement and thousands of racers packed in corrals before the start wore trash bags over their outfits. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "This Year’s Boston Marathon Weather Is Rainy and Windy. Runners Say It’s ‘Awesome/Terrible’," 16 Apr. 2018 Out the window, a weak December sun rose above a corral steaming with quarter horses, which Kretz raises and sells. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 There are shuttles running from UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road, and a bike corral will be available for those who would like to park their bike on the premises. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Red, White and Blue Ash: What you need to know before you go," 3 July 2018 Electric bike corrals, supporting a total of 1,000 pedal assist bikes, will be set up on opposite ends of the Williamsburg Bridge to create a bike shuttle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why electric bikes can provide a big jolt to bikeshare systems," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the 84th minute, senior Kayla Jedrzejewski had perhaps the team's best look of the day with a shot that Oregon goalkeeper Melia Moyer corralled. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: Opportunistic Oregon takes down New Berlin Eisenhower," 14 June 2018 Unlike many European visitors to Cuba, the American newcomers largely eschewed the package tours that corralled tourists at big, beachfront hotels and assembly-line restaurants. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "In Cuba, the great American tourism boom turns to bust," 11 May 2018 Free kick, Kingwood wall, ball sails over wall, goalie can't corral ball, Deer Park leads 1-0. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Loss in OT ends Lady Deer's fine soccer season," 8 Apr. 2018 Frontcourt players who can corral rebounds and draw fouls on Kansas' one effective big man can provide an edge late in the game in Villanova's favor. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Four reasons Villanova is the title favorite in the Final Four," 27 Mar. 2018 Two of the runaways were corralled by San Mateo County deputies the next morning on nearby San Gregorio State Beach, Nance said. Matier & Ross, SFChronicle.com, "City closes youth corrections facility — residents keep running away," 27 June 2018 Boys, girls scores for Jan. 23 The first noteworthy sequence came when Jackson corralled an errant shot underneath his own basket. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Old Redford's Isaiah Jackson delivers highlight dunks Tuesday," 24 Jan. 2018 Parents and grandparents loitered in a corner, corralled by the organizers to keep them from making a delicate social situation worse. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "The Curious Plight of the Modern Debutante," 28 Nov. 2017 Eisenhower corralled the loose ball to finish off a 41-39 victory in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final Saturday afternoon at Brown Deer High School. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin Eisenhower girls survive upset bid from Pius XI to reach state tournament," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of corral

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corral

Noun

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles, from Latin currus cart, from currere to run — more at car

Verb

see corral entry 1

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More Definitions for corral

corral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area that is surrounded by a fence and that is used for holding animals (such as cows and horses) on a farm or ranch

corral

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and put (cows, horses, etc.) into a corral

corral

noun
cor·​ral | \kə-ˈral \

Kids Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enclosure for keeping or capturing animals

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Kids Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to confine in or as if in an enclosure corral cattle

2 : to gather or get control over corralling votes

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