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verb (1)

grazed; grazing

intransitive verb

: to feed on growing herbage, attached algae, or phytoplankton
cattle grazing on the slopes
: to eat small portions of food throughout the day
She was grazing on snacks all afternoon.

transitive verb

: to crop and eat in the field
: to feed on the herbage of
: to put to graze
grazed his livestock in pastures
: to put cattle to graze on
grazed the upper field
: to supply herbage for the grazing of
That pasture will graze 30 head of cattle.
grazeable adjective
or grazable
grazer noun


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noun (1)

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


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verb (2)

grazed; grazing

transitive verb

: to touch lightly in passing
The car's wheel grazed the curb.
: abrade, scratch
grazed her knee when she fell

intransitive verb

: to touch or rub against something in passing
Our fenders just grazed.


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noun (2)

: 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

Examples of graze in a Sentence

Verb (1) cows grazing in the meadow Verb (2) I grazed my elbow diving for the ball the volleyball just grazed my face, so I'm okay Noun (2) a stumble that resulted in nothing more serious than a graze on the knee
Recent Examples on the Web
Leon pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot the manager multiple times, killing him, and the second victim was grazed by stray bullets, police said. Amy McDaniel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 June 2024 The deep brownish orange piece nearly grazed the red carpet at the premiere of the new Star Wars: The Acolyte series that Stenberg is starring in. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 29 May 2024
One woman was shot in the leg, another had a gunshot wound to her cheek and the third had a hand injury that could be a graze wound, according to Ernster. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 Officers responded to the 400 block of South Broadway Street and found one victim with graze wounds to the body and the other victim with gunshot wounds to the body, police said. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 19 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for graze 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of graze was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Graze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 verb
grazed; grazing
: to feed on growing grass or herbs
cattle grazing on the hill
: to put to feed on grass or herbs
the farmer grazed the cattle


2 of 3 verb
grazed; grazing
: to rub or touch lightly in passing : touch against and quickly move away from
the car's wheel grazed the curb
: to scratch or scrape by rubbing against something
fell and grazed her knee


3 of 3 noun
: an act or result of grazing
especially : a skin injury caused by grazing : scrape

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