pasture

noun
pas·​ture | \ ˈpas-chər How to pronounce pasture (audio) \

Definition of pasture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : plants (such as grass) grown for the feeding especially of grazing animals
2 : land or a plot of land used for grazing
3 : the feeding of livestock : grazing

pasture

verb
pastured; pasturing

Definition of pasture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to feed (animals, such as cattle) on pasture
2 : to use as pasture

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Synonyms for pasture

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pasture in a Sentence

Noun The horses were grazing in the pasture. Most of their land is pasture. Verb The horses are pastured on several acres of land. pasturing sheep on town lands was actually a cheaper alternative to mowing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kate Munson bumps along a pasture on her father's ranch in an all-terrain vehicle, pointing out property lines and the particularly ornery cattle that are a pain to work with on their piece of land about 9 miles northwest of Shallowater, Texas. Reuters, ABC News, 5 June 2021 Santa Carota beef is raised on a family farm in California, pasture raised and grass fed and then increasingly supplemented by fresh non-GMO carrots. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 June 2021 There was little sound except the wind blowing across the pasture. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 The cow pasture in southeast Denton had no electricity, roads or water. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 During the rest of the drilling process, Pahi kept his livestock off that pasture. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2021 The papers show that many adopters who quickly resell live in stretches of the Great Plains where pasture is cheap and people often derive a living from several sources. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 The papers show that many adopters who quickly resell live in stretches of the Great Plains where pasture is cheap and people often derive a living from several sources. Dave Philipps, New York Times, 15 May 2021 Bud was befuddled by Burns' fondness for chasing a small ball around a pasture to put it in a hole, and Burns couldn't believe Bud enjoyed hiding in the weeds on a freezing Minnesota morning to shoot a bird. Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every year, shepherds in Georgia take their flocks to pasture in the Caucasus Mountains, keeping an ancient tradition alive. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 For the most part, though, Internet Explorer will be put out to pasture in a little under 13 months. Carly Page, Forbes, 20 May 2021 But this forbidding mountain range is also rich in grasslands and rivers fed by winter snows, and for thousands of years tribal groups have migrated through the Zagros with the seasons to pasture their goats and sheep. Emily Garthwaite; Text By Arik Gabbai, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 Or will we be changed by our time in the wilderness - or out to pasture? Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 8 May 2021 That is partly because Colombia is, from a hippo's point of view, a paradise on Earth: plenty of water and grass to pasture on and, relative to the African savannah, there are no predators. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Roughly three-quarters of the world’s farmland is used to pasture livestock or raise crops to feed that livestock. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2021 With these features and benefits, this camera ought to put the E6 out to pasture. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 After more than 40 years of faithful service, the historic Army jeep is being retired, put out to pasture. Murray Rubenstein, Popular Mechanics, 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pasture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for pasture

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pastura, from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere to feed — more at food

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Time Traveler for pasture

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The first known use of pasture was in the 14th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Pasture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pasture. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for pasture

pasture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pasture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large area of land where animals feed on the grass

pasture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pasture (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (an animal) in a pasture to feed on the grass

pasture

noun
pas·​ture | \ ˈpas-chər How to pronounce pasture (audio) \

Kids Definition of pasture

1 : plants (as grass) for feeding grazing animals
2 : land on which animals graze

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