graze

verb (1)
\ ˈgrāz \
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.

graze

noun (1)

Definition of graze (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : an act of grazing

2 : herbage for livestock to feed on

graze

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.

graze

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 \ adjective
grazer noun

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)

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

Noun (1)

see graze entry 1

Verb (2)

perhaps from graze entry 1

Noun (2)

see graze entry 3

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

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graze

verb
\ ˈgrāz \
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.

graze

verb
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, Goblet of Fire

graze

noun

Kids Definition of graze (Entry 3 of 3)

: a scrape or mark caused by scraping against something

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