verb (1)
\ ˈgrāz How to pronounce graze (audio) \
grazed; grazing

Definition of graze

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

1a : to crop and eat in the field
b : to feed on the herbage of
2a : 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.


noun (1)

Definition of graze (Entry 2 of 4)

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


verb (2)
grazed; grazing

Definition of graze (Entry 3 of 4)

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.


noun (2)

Definition of graze (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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

Other Words from graze

Verb (1)

grazeable or grazable \ ˈgrā-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce graze (audio) \ adjective
grazer noun

Synonyms for graze

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First Known Use of graze

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1604, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graze

Verb (1) and Noun (1)

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

Verb (2) and Noun (2)

perhaps from graze entry 1

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“Graze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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\ ˈgrāz How to pronounce graze (audio) \
grazed; grazing

Kids Definition of graze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


grazed; grazing

Kids Definition of graze (Entry 2 of 3)

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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



Kids Definition of graze (Entry 3 of 3)

: a scrape or mark caused by scraping against something

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