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

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 Not far down the road from Skokan’s farm west of Longmont, Clint and MaryKay Buckner, have raised grass-fed and pasture-raised sheep, cattle and hogs since 2011 on a mix of private land and 850 acres leased from Boulder County’s open space program. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "After more than a century, agriculture is still alive in Boulder thanks to farm-to-table restaurants," 20 Oct. 2019 Deputies found the body on the pasture land near Hypoluxo Road and Military Trail about 7:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Body found in cow pasture is ‘suspicious’ death, investigators say," 10 Oct. 2019 In the show, Cohen skillfully establishes himself within the Syrian community in Buenos Aires, eventually meeting Colonel Amin al-Hafez (Waleed Zuaiter), a high profile Syrian officer put out to pasture in Argentina as Syria’s military attaché. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series The Spy," 5 Sep. 2019 The rustic retreat boasts 28 acres, 27 of which are classified as agricultural exempt improved pasture land, according to Milliorn. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly half a million slashed from price on swanky rustic Dayton ranch," 3 Sep. 2019 Later, soybean growers expand by taking over pasture lands. Washington Post, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Later, soybean growers expand by taking over pasture lands. oregonlive.com, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Later, soybean growers expand by taking over pasture lands. Andrew Freedman, BostonGlobe.com, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 The project overseen by the Waipa Foundation has placed fencing around fields to block feral pigs and in pasture land with horses and cows. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Gascon said many people believe the bulls are put out to pasture after the run whereas in fact they are included in bull fights and killed in the ring later the same day as part of the festivities. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Activists protest Pamplona’s traditional bull runs," 5 July 2019 Sometimes horses pastured with them neigh and vie for power and kiss and kick one another. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

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

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pasture

noun
How to pronounce pasture (audio)

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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