ranch

noun
\ ˈranch \

Definition of ranch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep

2 : a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty

ranch

verb
ranched; ranching; ranches

Definition of ranch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to live or work on a ranch

transitive verb

1 : to work as a rancher on

2 : to raise on a ranch

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Synonyms for ranch

Synonyms: Noun

estate, farm, farmstead, grange

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Examples of ranch in a Sentence

Noun

lives on a cattle ranch in Texas that's as big as the whole state of Rhode Island

Verb

My grandfather started ranching here 150 years ago. The family has ranched 10,000 acres here for the past 150 years. The family has been ranching cattle here for 150 years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soon after connecting with the organization, the couple volunteered to foster three puppies from their rescue ranch who were too young to be adopted. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Humans Behind Famous Instagram Account 'Harlow and Sage' Are Part of the Sweetest Rescue Mission," 19 June 2018 Disgraced Today show anchor Matt Lauer can keep his New Zealand ranch. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Matt Lauer Will Not Lose His $9.2-Million New Zealand Farm," 10 June 2018 McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008, has been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer and has been receiving treatment for months at his Arizona ranch. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "White House Aide Who Made Crude Joke About McCain Leaves Job," 5 June 2018 Salvador Luquin awoke on his 50-acre ranch to acrid smoke billowing from the ground and a family, including two young daughters, that needed to get somewhere safe. Scott Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 20 May 2018 The two-weekend event draws thousands of people from all over the world to the grounds of the Double JJ Resort, a 1,200-acre ranch in Rothbury. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County man goes missing after Electric Forest music festival," 5 July 2018 Over the years, the lake also filled up with nutrients, mostly from farm and ranch run-off in the beginning, but now the polluted inflow includes a mix of urban stormwater and pollution from leaky septic tanks. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 Directed by out filmmaker Donna Deitch, the story follows Vivian (Helen Shaver), a mid-30s professor who stays at a ranch in Reno, Nevada, that houses women waiting for their divorces to finalize. Jill Gutowitz, Teen Vogue, "The 25 Best LGBTQ Movies to Watch," 28 June 2018 The long-standing outdoor dinner-party series, founded by chef and artist Jim Denevan in 1999, takes travelers to idyllic settings, like a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a farm outside of Nashville, and a vineyard in Savigny-lès-Beaune, France. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Deseret’s been ranching for more than 60 years and offers free tours to the public. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "St. Cloud Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Protect the Harvest, like other ranching advocacy groups, pressedpublic officials for the Hammonds’ release. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet," 12 July 2018 Kevin Costner plays the patriarch of a fourth generation Montana ranching family trying to hold together the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. National Geographic, "Yellowstone: A Place, A Drama," 18 June 2018 Opponents worry about pollution in the 30,000-acre (12,000-hectare) park named for the former U.S. president who ranched in the region in the 1880s and is revered for his advocacy of land and wildlife conservation. Washington Post, "North Dakota OKs refinery construction near national park," 13 June 2018 The owner of Big Fish Farms has spent the past decade building a reservoir ranching system across southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, where she's grown thousands of young paddlefish that can be harvested by her alone. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 But not ranching cattle — not consistently, if at all. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Two: By a Thread," 16 May 2018 The gymnasts say the Karolyis knew, or should have known, about Nassar’s treatment of them while on the Huntsville, Texas, ranch the husband and wife owned. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Karolyis Seek Protection From Lawsuits in Nassar Scandal," 1 May 2018 While there is also a full steak list, the Game Plate meats are all naturally ranched in Colorado, and other meaty options such as elk, lamb, duck and quail, along with a few seafood choices, are available. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of ranch

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for ranch

Noun

Mexican Spanish rancho small ranch, from Spanish, camp, hut & Spanish dialect, small farm, from Old Spanish ranchearse to take up quarters, from Middle French se ranger to take up a position, from ranger to set in a row — more at range

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ranch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ranch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large farm especially in the U.S. where animals (such as cattle, horses, and sheep) are raised

: a farm for a special crop or kind of animal

ranch

verb

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

: to live or work on a ranch

: to raise (an animal) on a ranch

ranch

noun
\ ˈranch \

Kids Definition of ranch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large farm for the raising of livestock (as cattle)

2 : a farm devoted to a special crop

ranch

verb
ranched; ranching

Kids Definition of ranch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to live or work on a large farm where livestock are raised

Other words from ranch

rancher noun

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