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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Three states declare emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence; Pence to 'Anonymous': Resign now," 10 Sep. 2018 But disease-causing viruses aren’t always easy to corral, and attempts to use them to activate the immune system against things other than fellow bacteria and viruses — including cancer, for example — have not been so successful. Alice Park, Time, "Polio Virus Could Help Treat Brain Cancer. Here's How," 26 June 2018 Size allows him to corral balls other players can’t. Heather Boehm, SI.com, "Suns Select Deandre Ayton with No. 1 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 An easy way to corral the email notifications is to do a search for keywords — such as GDPR, privacy or personal data — to ensure emails that might have been sent before last week are also included in the list to review. NBC News, "Sex, drugs and GDPR: Why even rock stars are flooding your inbox," 24 May 2018 The Mariners finally got that sweet lease deal signed by the government this week — the one in which taxpayers were corralled into putting another $135 million into upkeep at the stadium. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 One night before the tournament began, Day was carrying a bag of trash to a Dumpster when he was spotted by a U.S Open vendor, who corralled him into posing for a photograph. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "By Land or by Sea, U.S. Open Golfers Got Creative About Their Lodging," 16 June 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 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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