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 Her new home will be at the 26-acre Acton pasture of the animal advocacy group Farm Sanctuary, whose officials celebrated her break for freedom. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Across the pasture, 30 bison stood huddled together in the corner, unfazed by the commotion. Louise Johns, Wired, 12 June 2021 Across the pasture, 30 bison stood huddled together in the corner, unfazed by the commotion. Louise Johns, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 If there is no way to get electricity on the pasture, a farmer can opt to use a solar charger. Arkansas Online, 6 July 2021 According to a recent survey from Microsoft, some 41% of workers around the world are looking out the window dreaming of a different work pasture, and a record-setting 4 million people in the U.S. quit their jobs in April. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 6 July 2021 Monday’s crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said roughly half of Minnesota’s pasture and range land is in very poor or poor condition. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 Animals that spend their whole life grazing on pasture have a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids that break down into smaller molecules with fishy and gamy flavors. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021 Their pasture usually gets 60% of its grass growth in May and June before conditions dry out in July, Luhman said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gerdes turned them back out to pasture and decided to leave them there, undisturbed, for good., 10 July 2021 The almost-two-hour Harvard speech could only be read as a cease-and-desist threat against those who want to put him to pasture or to expand the Court’s membership. Philip Elliott, Time, 23 June 2021 After the Delaware troops were repulsed, pursuing Union reinforcements arrived, and some of them commandeered the stable and pasture behind the house, now the site of the American Legion building and beyond. Frank Batavick,, 11 June 2021 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

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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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pasture bird

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26 Jul 2021

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“Pasture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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