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

And the number of twin fawns born after a forage-poor winter and spring often falls to almost zero. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas summer a key factor in wildlife cycle," 17 May 2018 In addition to eating grains, these hens forage for plants and insects. Brown eggs are from hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Eggs: What you need to know about size, color and type," 22 Apr. 2018 But the eggs being served at Frenchette, Flora Bar, and other portents of the Age of Egg are pastured eggs: eggs from chickens that still forage and peck and lay less frequently. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 The pasture, rangeland and forage program is a hedge against drought. Alex Leary, WSJ, "As Ranchers Face Drought, Trump Administration Cuts Back a Critical Program," 19 Oct. 2018 In areas where tribes hunted deer and elk, fire created a mat of forage plants on the forest floor, a favorite food for the ungulates. Kate Wiliams, The Seattle Times, "Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?," 15 Oct. 2018 In some years, particularly those with lower levels of natural forage, surveys have shown walleye exploitation rates high enough to concern fisheries managers. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Crossbow season, walleye limits among topics at Wisconsin's spring hearings," 11 Apr. 2018 Herds of free-roaming horses, thousands by some estimates, compete for dwindling water and forage. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drive about 20 minutes north to Schlossberg, where chef Jörg Sackmann composes tasting menus inspired by foraging in the local woods. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 Our host goes on to explain the painstaking process by which foraged ingredients are used to saturate fabrics with color. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Gigi Burris Finds Muses, Monkeys, and Major Inspiration in Panama," 19 July 2018 Hana, a young Canadian nurse, stays on devotedly, supplying him with morphine and foraged food. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 8 June 2018 During breeding and chick-rearing on land, when foraging opportunities are restricted, Fiordlands, like other penguins, can lose 50 percent of their body mass. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Until then, blueberries were a wild thing, an indigenous American fruit foraged like ramps or morels. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, "In the Shadow of the Blueberry Titans, Smaller Growers Thrive," 2 July 2018 The baboons usually play with the 55-gallon enrichment barrels inside their six-acre pen to mimic foraging behavior, the research center said in a news release. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Baboons use barrel to escape Texas research facility, officials say," 17 Apr. 2018 From time to time, when the bayou was low, especially daring Houstonians would go on foraging missions that sometimes had deadly consequences. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 Young kids can’t easily forage for their own food, and if a mother is caring for new children, grandmothers would have effectively subsidized child care, Hawkes says. National Geographic, "Is Maternal Instinct Only for Moms? Here's the Science.," 9 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 and Verb

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

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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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