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graze

verb \ ˈgrāz \

Definition of graze

grazed; grazing
intransitive verb
1 :to feed on growing herbage, attached algae, or phytoplankton
  • cattle grazing on the slopes
2 :to eat small portions of food throughout the day
  • She was grazing on snacks all afternoon.
transitive verb
1 a :to crop and eat in the field
b :to feed on the herbage of
2 a :to put to graze
  • grazed his livestock in pastures
b :to put cattle to graze on
  • grazed the upper field
3 :to supply herbage for the grazing of
  • That pasture will graze 30 head of cattle.

grazeable

or grazable play \ˈgrā-zə-bəl\ adjective

grazer

noun

Origin and Etymology of graze

Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs grass

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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graze

noun

Definition of graze

1 :an act of grazing
2 :herbage for livestock to feed on

Origin and Etymology of graze

see 1graze


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graze

verb

Definition of graze

grazed; grazing
transitive verb
1 :to touch lightly in passing
  • The car's wheel grazed the curb.
2 :abrade, scratch
  • grazed her knee when she fell
intransitive verb
:to touch or rub against something in passing
  • Our fenders just grazed.

Origin and Etymology of graze

perhaps from 1graze


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graze

noun

Definition of graze

:a scraping along a surface or an abrasion made by it; especially :a superficial abrasion of the skin
  • had a slight graze on her knee from falling

Origin and Etymology of graze

see 3graze


GRAZE Defined for Kids

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graze

verb \ ˈgrāz \

Definition of graze for Students

grazed; grazing
1 :to eat grass
  • The cattle grazed.
2 :to supply with grass or pasture The farmer grazed the cattle.

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graze

verb

Definition of graze for Students

grazed; grazing
1 :to rub lightly in passing :barely touch
  • The bat just grazed the ball.
2 :to scrape by rubbing against something
  • … one of the long spikes grazed his shoulder, ripping his robes …
  • —J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

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graze

noun

Definition of graze for Students

:a scrape or mark caused by scraping against something


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