pasture

noun
pas·ture | \ˈpas-chər \

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

lea (or ley), pasturage, range

Synonyms: Verb

browse, forage, graze, rustle

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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

In total, an estimated 7,408 square kilometres of land were cleared to make way for cattle pasture and croplands. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Deforestation Ticks Up in Brazil's Savanna," 13 July 2018 East Central seems out of place among the pastures and farm fields of Southeast Bexar County. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "East Central wants to be Tennis Central," 29 May 2018 French doors open to a wrap-around patio that overlooks the pasture and terraced gardens. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 22 Pasture Lane, West Simsbury," 18 May 2017 The trust will follow blazed trails through the Land Trust's premier 200-plus acre Whitaker Woods property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 29 May 2018 The pavers lead to the east pasture, where visitors are greeted by at least one large equine. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "McDonalds embrace Glendale 'farm living within the city limits'," 24 May 2018 The gate to their property is open, leading to the house, with its wooden beams and rustic charm, a swing set, outdoor fireplace and a pasture stocked with chickens and cows. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Why Jake Locker Walked Away From Football—and Why He Doesn’t Miss It," 18 Apr. 2018 Property owner Tim Bailey already had the right to build 280 apartments for seniors and offices in the cow pasture just north of Stoneybrook Hills Village Publix on U.S. Highway 441. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County spares 'very special place' Tangerine from bad growth," 13 July 2018 In the 1990s it was known for raising bulls bred for the country’s bullfights and for pastures where cows produced milk sent to nearby towns. New York Times, "In Colombian Death Ranch Case, Some Fear Prosecution Will Be Buried," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This was a lot pastured by the left and manufactured by the left. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on the status of Trump's immigration agenda," 20 May 2018 At the time, ranchers were required to remove any dead animals and undertake just one additional preventive measure from a menu of options, which could be as basic as not turning out to pasture underweight calves that could be easier targets. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 The new label would exclude from certification hydroponic farming and large livestock farms that don't pasture their animals, known as contained animal feeding operations or CAFOs. Fox News, "'True' organic food will soon get even more labels," 10 Apr. 2018 Prepared and served free-range chicken and pastured beef and pork. Southern Living, "A Loving Tribute to a True Southern Food Legend," 13 Apr. 2018 The additional label, which does not yet have a name or wording, would indicate that a tomato, for example, has been grown in soil, and that meat and dairy products came from farms that pasture their animals. Fox News, "'True' organic food will soon get even more labels," 10 Apr. 2018 That means helping farmers make a full-time living raising tomatoes and greens or pastured pork or eggs. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "The perseverance of Alice Chalmers and Ohio Valley Food Connection," 25 Jan. 2018 A steep, slippery descent on the Italian side that’s hemmed in by precipices and bottoms out in a valley suitable for pasturing horses and pack animals. Smithsonian, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 28 June 2017 In the past, many Qatari families have simply pastured their camels in Saudi Arabia, traveling back and forth across the border to tend to their livestock. chicagotribune.com, "Saudi Arabia deports 15,000 Qatari camels," 21 June 2017

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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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Phrases Related to pasture

pastures new

put out to pasture

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of pasture

1 : plants (as grass) for feeding grazing animals

2 : land on which animals graze

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