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

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

Made from the milk of animals who graze on lush pasture during spring, summer and fall, Alpine and Alpine-style cheeses epitomize the spirit of sun-to-table. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "Winter Is a Perfect Time to Eat These Cheeses," 27 Feb. 2019 And carbon-sequestering forests are often burned to make way for pastures for grazing or growing crops. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Oh sorry, is eating meat bad for the planet? I didn’t know.," 20 Dec. 2018 Thousands of volunteer searchers have combed cornfields and cow pastures. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 But Robertson also revived the farm, with Black Angus cattle and breeding ewes roaming the well-tended pastures. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Recently he could be found manning a giant sprinkler, soaking the pasture around his house and farm. Emily Cureton, The Seattle Times, "For-profit firefighters find work in at-risk Oregon county," 18 Aug. 2018 The pasture that ran up to the two-lane highway was likewise getting a good soak from large sprinklers on rebar tripods. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Live Here Alone Forever," 11 Jan. 2017 Innocent Ntirengaya’s request to marry Divine Uwamahoro is accepted, and so is the dowry—eight cows that have been mooing for hours in a nearby pasture. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 After Russia, one answer may be to move Mbappe to the center of the France attack and put Giroud out to pasture. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the eggs being served at Frenchette, Flora Bar, and other portents of the Age of Egg are pastured eggs: eggs from chickens that still forage and peck and lay less frequently. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 Chick-fil-A is putting one of its more popular menu items out to pasture after 20 years, the fast food giant announced. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Chick-fil-A 'retiring' popular menu item after 20 years — and fans are udderly unhappy," 19 July 2018 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

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

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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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