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

Every time David Wirbal, 54, parked his truck near the pasture, Dudley the Scottish Highland bull trotted over. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "After crowdfunding campaign, Dudley the Scottish Highland bull retires in style," 12 June 2018 The road from Checacupe rises high above the Ocefina valley, following a narrow cut of silty water that tumbles over rocks and twists through farmland and grazing pastures. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Rather than penning up these animals in factory farms, allowing them to graze over wider pastures can help restore grasslands as cattle, sheep, and pigs aerate the soil and enrich it with manure. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 Chan may soon be leaving such small-screen roles in other British television shows like Dr. Who and The IT Crowd, for much greener (or rather, higher definition) pastures after her turn playing Astrid Leong in the film Crazy Rich Asians. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Crazy Rich Asians' Gemma Chan On Her Very British Beauty Routine," 20 Sep. 2018 Today, the floor of the Quijos Valley is mostly cattle pasture, interspersed with islands of forest, while the cloud forest still clings to the steeper slopes of the valley, high above the banks of the Rio Quijos. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 Bale has struggled to establish himself in the shadow of Ronaldo since joining Real in 2013, but after nine seasons at the club the Portuguese superstar has finally moved onto pastures new, joining the Italian champions for £88m. SI.com, "Gareth Bale 'Likely to Stay at Real Madrid' Despite Man Utd Interest Following Ronaldo Sale," 11 July 2018 The property includes a pond, a creek, pastures and a large wooded area, according to the news release. Steve Burns, ajc, "GBI: It could take weeks to ID remains found in Cherokee County," 9 July 2018 Many view the marsupials as pests which destroy pasture and cause crashes by hopping in front of cars. The Economist, "The culling of kangaroos divides Australia," 15 Mar. 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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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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