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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trustees John West and Scott Valchar were absent from the meeting, but the remaining five board members unanimously approved a 12-month $1,600 bid by Kris Witek for 40 acres of grazing pasture and 40 acres of hay meadow owned by the district. B.j. Pollock, Houston Chronicle, "Needville students outperform peers on tests," 28 Dec. 2019 Already people have started moving in from other states to buy land for cattle pastures. Washington Post, "Preservation or development? Brazil’s Amazon at a crossroads," 13 Dec. 2019 Again and again, the red tape of bureaucrats interferes in the simple pleasures of pasture and open sky. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Indian author Perumal Murugan returns to fiction with magical 'Story of a Goat'," 9 Dec. 2019 The nearly 4 acres spot that will become Manor Miramar was a cow pasture in the 1970s and eventually became a parking lot. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Rental apartments to fill last piece of land in downtown Miramar," 3 Dec. 2019 There, amid the lush pastures and white rail fences, a Mexican immigrant with a sinister secret quietly groomed prized thoroughbreds at historic Calumet Farm, according to court records. Beth Warren,, "A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA," 25 Nov. 2019 Outside, scores of people, many of them senior high school students began to gather around a nearby fenced-in pasture. Annie Gentile,, "Cow Chip Raffle Raises Funds For Safe Graduation Night," 15 Nov. 2019 Smoke from a wildfire called the Kincade Fire hangs over Healdsburg, Calif., as farm animals graze in a pasture on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Four questions to ask about the Baghdadi raid," 29 Oct. 2019 Time will also be available for participants to walk in the pastures in evening twilight, an unusual sensory experience of sights, sounds and smells. Susan Soldavin,, "Village of Howard advocates for aging in place; Mary’s Land Farm offers fall lecture series," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Minnesota Vikings: Sewed up a playoff berth from the couch, the Niners' win simultaneously putting the Rams out to pasture while assuring the Vikes will play in January. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL winners and losers from Week 16's Saturday action," 22 Dec. 2019 Petro still rises each day at dawn to take the cattle to pasture, as his ancestors have done for generations. Washington Post, "Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals," 3 Dec. 2019 The straightforward menu studiously reflects the region with steelhead trout served with potatoes and watercress and pastured chicken, topped with purple carrots and turmeric. Amy Thomas,, "Dutchess County, N.Y., is an easy getaway, with earthly delights and exotic discoveries," 22 Sep. 2019 Petro still rises each day at dawn to take the cattle to pasture, as his ancestors have done for generations. Christina Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lions kill cattle, so people kill lions. Can the cycle end?," 7 Oct. 2019 One study suggests that pastured hens deposit more lutein and zeaxanthin into their egg yolks. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, "Lutein supplements are everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about this nutrient.," 23 Sep. 2019 Spy recruiter and agent runner Nat has returned to London and wife Prue, expecting to be put out to pasture after decades of patriotic service for British intelligence, with stints in Moscow, Budapest and Helsinki, among others. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prose is crisp, compelling in ‘Agent Running in the Field’," 21 Oct. 2019 Petro still rises each day at dawn to take the cattle to pasture, as his ancestors have done for generations. Washington Post, "Lions kill cattle, so people kill lions. Can the cycle end?," 8 Oct. 2019 More than 80% of deforestation in Brazil in recent decades has been linked to pasture expansion. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "H&M to halt buying Brazilian leather tied to Amazon fires," 6 Sep. 2019

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

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9 Jan 2020

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“Pasture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pasture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large area of land where animals feed on the grass



English Language Learners Definition of pasture (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (an animal) in a pasture to feed on the grass


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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