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


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 Since horses are often kept in groups—grazing together at pasture, sharing pens, or neighbored in stalls—contagious diseases can quickly work their way through a herd. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Reining in the facts on equine strangles," 20 June 2020 Watch cows rounded up for their afternoon walk to the pasture. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Lake Metroparks Farmpark sets reopening date," 15 June 2020 There is a covered outdoor entertaining area, large shop with office space, storage buildings plus level land with woods, lawns and open pasture. oregonlive, "On the market: 10 Oregon homes on big lots for sale with deep discounts," 6 June 2020 Earlier this year, the Horn of Africa was hit by the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years, devastating large swaths of food and pasture in the region. CNN, "India is using drones and fire trucks to fight its worst locust invasion in almost 30 years," 2 June 2020 The Hartford farm raises its pigs on pastures without antibiotics or hormones. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pasture-raised, heritage pigs make Easter ham special for some Wisconsin diners," 3 Apr. 2020 Rogue Creamery’s cows graze along the Rogue River on organic pastures. oregonlive, "Oregon’s Rogue Creamery enjoys spotlight after winning world best cheese award," 22 Oct. 2019 Older animals that have weathered the elements on pastures for years have skin marred by imperfections. Los Angeles Times, "America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge," 19 Aug. 2019 The Hammonds served jail time for setting fires on federal pastures in eastern Oregon and became a cause celebre for brothers Ryan and Ammon Bundy in 2016. USA TODAY, "Renters revolt, troublesome bras, deer in the john: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 100-year-old was put out to pasture on his native island with 14 other giant tortoises after years of breeding in captivity on Santa Cruz Island, the BBC reported. Fox News, "Diego the tortoise, famous for saving species with his high sex drive, starts retirement," 17 June 2020 Unlike cows that can be left out to pasture for months until the meat processing plants ramp up production, pigs have a relatively small window in which they can be sent to market. NBC News, "Coronavirus crisis puts hog farmers in uncharted territory: Kill their healthy livestock," 28 May 2020 The main barn has two birthing stalls, three additional stalls and seven outside stalls (three have turnouts to pasture). oregonlive, "Are Oregon’s cut-rate fixer-upper homes ugly or an opportunity?," 7 Mar. 2020 My own public Instagram account features many pictures of the rolling hills and flocks of sheep pasturing on my family's farm, and no photos of family members. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Boyfriend nixes pics on her Instagram account," 24 Jan. 2020 My own public Instagram account features many pictures of the rolling hills and flocks of sheep pasturing on my family’s farm, and no photos of family members. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Boyfriend wants influence over Instagram," 24 Jan. 2020 Minnesota Vikings: Sewed up a playoff berth from the couch, the Niners' win simultaneously putting the Rams out to pasture while assuring the Vikes will play in January. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL winners and losers from Week 16's Saturday action," 22 Dec. 2019 Petro still rises each day at dawn to take the cattle to pasture, as his ancestors have done for generations. Washington Post, "Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals," 3 Dec. 2019 The straightforward menu studiously reflects the region with steelhead trout served with potatoes and watercress and pastured chicken, topped with purple carrots and turmeric. Amy Thomas,, "Dutchess County, N.Y., is an easy getaway, with earthly delights and exotic discoveries," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pasture


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for pasture


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

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pasture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pasture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


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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