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

As May eased into June, wild turkey hens trailing clusters of fist-size poults began appearing in pastures, fields, senderos and other open, grassy places across the state. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas turkeys thriving after mild, wet spring," 8 June 2019 Arena Elementary is the second small rural elementary school in two years to close in the district, nearly 300 square miles of rolling pastures and dairy farms in southwestern Wisconsin. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "School’s Closed. Forever.," 13 June 2018 The house, built in 1961 on a 4,586-acre cattle ranch, has five bedrooms, three baths and 3,238 square feet ($2,007 a square foot) plus mountain streams, fertile grassy meadows, pastures and stands of healthy timber. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "The most expensive homes in each of Oregon's counties (photos)," 12 June 2018 There are ponds and pastures along the route, as well as open vistas near the Hancock Extension portion of the trail. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida a premiere spot for triathlon training," 18 May 2018 Known for years as a destination for family vacations and modest-sized conventions, the Town and Country began life as a 46-room motor inn in 1953, set amid farmland and pastures. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$70M makeover of Town and Country hotel gets council OK," 20 Mar. 2018 Unlike the other volcanoes that tower above the clouds or bake in the island’s heat, it’s covered by verdant pastures, home to many of Hawaii’s ranches. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 For something a little more fun, try the Ariana Grande–inspiring classic ’90s flick starring the unbeatable trifecta of Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler, who play wives suddenly put out to pasture by their midlife-crisis-having husbands. Vogue, "These Are the Best Anti–Valentine’s Day Movies to Make You Very Glad You’re Single," 12 Feb. 2019 The Woodward News reports the jet exploded on impact, setting fire to a pasture. Fox News, "Air Force pilot ejects as jet trainer crashes in Oklahoma," 17 Aug. 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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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 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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