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forage

noun for·age \ ˈfȯr-ij , ˈfär- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of forage

1 :food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing
  • The grass serves as forage for livestock.
2 :the act of foraging :search for provisions
  • They made forages to find food.

Examples of forage in a Sentence

  1. The grass serves as forage for livestock.

Recent Examples of forage from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of forage

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

verb

Definition of forage

foraged; foraging
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

forager

noun

Examples of forage in a Sentence

  1. The cows were foraging in the pasture.

  2. He had to forage for firewood.

Recent Examples of forage from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of forage

forage Synonyms

Synonyms
browse, 1graze, pasture, rustle
Related Words
eat, feed, nibble; range, stock; overgraze

FORAGE Defined for English Language Learners

forage

noun

Definition of forage for English Language Learners

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


forage

verb

Definition of forage for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : to eat growing grass or other plants

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


FORAGE Defined for Kids

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forage

noun for·age \ ˈfȯr-ij \

Definition of forage for Students

:food (as grass) for browsing or grazing animals

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forage

verb

Definition of forage for Students

foraged; foraging
1 :to nibble or eat grass or other plants
  • Cows foraged in the field.
2 :1search 1
  • We foraged for firewood.


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