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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boyle stayed with her 30-year-old horse and small dog in the pasture for about four hours, trying to figure out what to do. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2022 Organic beef farmer Brian Kemp displays a red clover, the Vermont state flower, in a pasture at the Mountain Meadows Farm, in Sudbury, Vt. Jennifer Mcdermott,, 16 Aug. 2022 On Saturday, Kimberlin and T.J. wed just before sunset in a horse pasture on the banks of Turner Lake. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 July 2022 In April 2016, Reece led investigators to Cain's remains in a pasture on the southern fringe of Houston. Chron, 29 June 2022 Gittleson said the pack’s adult female was observed in heat, ready to mate in a pasture on his property in February. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Camden, Maine Minutes from Camden Village and Harbor, this 1850 farmhouse comes with 31 acres of pasture, woods, lawns, and gardening space. The Week Staff, The Week, 28 Aug. 2022 In contrast, cattle can graze on pasture, which shifts the livestock balance back somewhat toward beef, mutton and dairy products. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 What was once a thickly forested patch of land is now a pasture, complete with a pen full of goats chomping on grass on a recent summer day. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By November, Fusion Garage put the JooJoo out to pasture; the company itself was in liquidation over a year later. PCMAG, 20 Sep. 2022 And now, with Abbott as the critical darling of the Emmys and the torchbearer for network sitcoms typically put out to pasture in today's streaming age, more people than ever are paying attention. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 9 Sep. 2022 Many admit their bodies take an extra day or two to recover, and that’s usually when NFL teams put them out to pasture. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 29 July 2022 But, at his second impeachment trial, in February, 2021, forty-three Republican senators prevented the two-thirds conviction vote that would have put him out to pasture. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 But in an industry that is obsessed with youth and newness, there is this tacit understanding that you’re supposed to be led out to pasture at my age to make room for the latest generation of entry-level fresh faces. Marjon Carlos, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 July 2022 Stan was put out to pasture in 2021, according to Southern Tire manager Connor Rhine. Kelly Kazek |, al, 6 July 2022 Internet Explorer is finally headed out to pasture. Richard Jacobsen, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 Internet Explorer is finally headed out to pasture. CBS News, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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24 Sep 2022

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“Pasture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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