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pasture

noun pas·ture \ ˈpas-chər \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of pasture

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

Examples of pasture in a Sentence

  1. The horses were grazing in the pasture.

  2. Most of their land is pasture.

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Origin and Etymology of pasture

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

pasture Synonyms

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pasture

verb

Definition of pasture

pastured; pasturing
intransitive verb
transitive verb
1 : to feed (animals, such as cattle) on pasture
2 : to use as pasture

Examples of pasture in a Sentence

  1. The horses are pastured on several acres of land.

  2. pasturing sheep on town lands was actually a cheaper alternative to mowing

Recent Examples of pasture from the Web

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First Known Use of pasture

14th century

pasture Synonyms

Synonyms
browse, forage, 1graze, rustle
Related Words
eat, feed, nibble; range, stock; overgraze

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PASTURE Defined for English Language Learners

pasture

noun

Definition of pasture for English Language Learners

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


pasture

verb

Definition of pasture for English Language Learners

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


PASTURE Defined for Kids

pasture

noun pas·ture \ ˈpas-chər \

Definition of pasture for Students

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


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