forage

noun
for·age | \ˈfȯr-ij, ˈfär-\

Definition of forage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing The grass serves as forage for livestock.

2 [ 2forage ] : the act of foraging : search for provisions They made forages to find food.

forage

verb
foraged; foraging

Definition of forage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strip of provisions : collect forage from

2 : to secure by foraging foraged a chicken for the feast

intransitive verb

1 : to wander in search of forage or food

2 : to secure forage (as for horses) by stripping the country

3 : ravage, raid

4 : to make a search : rummage

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Other Words from forage

Verb

forager noun

Synonyms for forage

Synonyms: Verb

browse, graze, pasture, rustle

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Examples of forage in a Sentence

Noun

The grass serves as forage for livestock.

Verb

The cows were foraging in the pasture. He had to forage for firewood.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the most damning report came from the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, which tested the water and forage food from the area, as well as the blood and livers of dead sheep. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How the Death of 6,000 Sheep Spurred the American Debate on Chemical Weapons," 9 Apr. 2018 So the warmer water allows them to forage longer, Gaube said in a statement from the university. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Great white sharks like to hang out in ocean eddies, new study says," 22 June 2018 Chef Theikuhl forages on the property for esoteric greens and wild berries to compliment products from nearby farms. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 In a day, one horse eats about 32 pounds of forage and drinks about 10 gallons of water. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 That abundance of forage also helps keep does in good body condition and able to nurse fawns. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas’ deer population would welcome good soaking," 16 June 2018 Some Tui chubs are being seen in the shallows at times, which is the main source of forage for these trout and just in time for the post spawn bite when the fish put on the feed bag. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Learn about the Noongar’s six seasons; the harmony between land, sea, and life; and how the indigenous people forage for food. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018 And on long summer days, when the hives are busy with bees flying in and out to forage, Mack is cautious. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sensitivity scores were based on data about animal-ship collisions, noise disruptions, and how current ship traffic interferes with daily activities like mating, migrating, and foraging for food. Frankie Schembri, Science | AAAS, "Narwhals, walruses are most at risk from booming Arctic ship traffic," 3 July 2018 As for us, we are engaged in our usual routine of foraging for interesting items. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Roche ups the ante in lung cancer race; Chinese companies push further into U.S. generic market," 20 Mar. 2018 Industrial growth and more intensive farming meant that fewer people were foraging. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘This Land Is Our Land’ Review: Taking the Long Way Around," 25 May 2018 The resulting gin blends foraged fennel and California bay laurel with juniper, long pepper, rose petals, and ginger for floral and licorice flavors. Sunset, "6 Botanical Gins We’re Loving Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Three times a day, workers place vegetables all across the enclosures for the bears to forage and find, an important part of their mental stimulation. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018 Fathers also teach their kits how to forage, play with them and even groom them. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 Take home a foraged vinegar and dine on a local, wild, foraged lunch. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend," 11 May 2018 The couple has taken part in several Wild Foodie gatherings and now occasionally venture out to forage on their own. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Finding edible ingredients growing right in the backyard," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of forage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for forage

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from fuerre, foer fodder, straw, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder — more at food

Verb

see forage entry 1

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forage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: grasses and other plants that are eaten by animals (such as cows)

forage

verb

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

of an animal : to eat growing grass or other plants

: to search for something (such as food or supplies)

forage

noun
for·age | \ˈfȯr-ij \

Kids Definition of forage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: food (as grass) for browsing or grazing animals

forage

verb
foraged; foraging

Kids Definition of forage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to nibble or eat grass or other plants Cows foraged in the field.

2 : search entry 1 sense 1 We foraged for firewood.

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