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

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 In that case, the E. coli was traced back to a grower located near a stream not far from a cow pasture. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "CDC: 28 more sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, total up to 149 in 29 states," 9 May 2018 And any appliance over 15 years old probably should be put out to pasture. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "How long household appliances should last," 1 Nov. 2018 The pasture, rangeland and forage program is a hedge against drought. Alex Leary, WSJ, "As Ranchers Face Drought, Trump Administration Cuts Back a Critical Program," 19 Oct. 2018 On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 At 15, the muscles in his arms were well-defined — all the years spent working in the pasture had helped him unintentionally build strength. Maria Torres, kansascity, "The Legend of Seuly Matias: Royals prospect once milked cows, now blasts homers," 11 June 2018 The flock at the penitentiary is being housed in buildings and a fenced pasture across from the main institution, which is one of the measures to prevent the M. ovi bacteria from infecting the animals. Andy Porter, The Seattle Times, "Domestic sheep program aims to ease problems for bighorns," 26 Apr. 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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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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