corral

noun
cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) , -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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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

This picture was taken Sunday night right after I was kicked out of golden corral in Erie PA. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Woman kicked out of Golden Corral restaurant for wearing crop top," 5 June 2019 It's joined by three other guest homes, a 5,500-square-foot movie theater with a stage, several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals, and a maintenance shop. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Neverland Ranch Is Back on the Market, Here's Everything You Need to Know," 6 Mar. 2019 Outside our admittedly not-very-private corral, dozens of teens and 20-somethings press in and reach for his hand. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "At Hypebeast’s new streetwear festival, even the toddlers are cool and rich," 8 Oct. 2018 Once the baby transitions to the crib, repurpose it as a decorative corral for stuffed animals or blankets. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Nursery Decor Essentials," 22 Jan. 2018 Those that aren't sold or adopted are transferred to privately contracted corrals and pastures for the long term. Fox News, "Drought forces emergency measures for US West's wild horses," 23 July 2018 Standing in the corral for 40 minutes, I am not permitted to leave to go to the bathroom, but I am permitted to look around my immediate vicinity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "At Hypebeast’s new streetwear festival, even the toddlers are cool and rich," 8 Oct. 2018 Seeing how easily bikes fit into a car parking space should also tempt businesses to fill the space in front of their doors with a bike corral. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to use fee revenue to administer the program, conducting twice-yearly audits on the companies to ensure proper bike parking, and to build up to 200 new bike-parking corrals throughout the city. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "City Council approves new bike-share rules, prompting ofo to leave Seattle," 31 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By the middle of the night Hong Kong time, the police had corralled the remaining protestors, whose numbers had greatly diminished, according to the SCMP. Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz, "Hong Kong protestors and police are in a tense confrontation following march," 9 June 2019 Velazquez was uninjured, and the riderless Bodexpress galloped on, running slightly wide of the other horses the full 1 3/16-mile distance before being corralled by an outrider after doubling back. Liz Clarke, The Seattle Times, "At the center of Kentucky Derby controversy, War of Will is vindicated with victory in Preakness Stakes," 18 May 2019 Our solution: Transform part of the room into a mudroom for corralling coats, shoes, and dog gear. Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "Eddie Ross Offers His 4 Best Tips For Creating The Chicest Mudroom Ever," 9 Jan. 2019 Still, corralling a large House majority has never been easy, and Democrats are ushering in the largest class since the Watergate era. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Tops on House Dems to-do list: Try to end shutdown," 1 Jan. 2019 Researchers used a rather ironic method to corral Sunday's snake: Hitching transmitters to male snakes allows scientists to track their mating patterns, and thus pinpoint their larger female counterparts. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 The freshman guard rose up over multiple ASU bodies to corral the offensive rebound. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Live updates: Oregon State looks to end regular season on 7-game streak," 25 Feb. 2018 Photo Composite: Heather Seidel/ The Wall Street Journal Technology and health-care companies are competing to develop new ways for consumers to corral their digital health data, prompting questions about data privacy and control. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Tech, Health Firms Race to Help Consumers Manage Personal Data," 2 Apr. 2019 The case of Gatwick was especially prolonged and fraught, with 140,000 passengers missing flights as the military moved in to corral the rogue UAV. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce corral (audio) \

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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