ranch

noun
\ ˈranch How to pronounce ranch (audio) \

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

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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 The R&B Ranch, a horse ranch and event center with a 14,666-square-foot house on 190 acres, at 16400 Jordan Road in Sisters, is for sale at $17,250,000. oregonlive, "Willamette Valley mansion with a bowling alley, ballroom and Zen decor is for sale at $10 million," 11 Apr. 2021 Located in the center of Texas Hill Country, JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa is a working ranch and luxury resort. Roger Sands, Forbes, "The World’s Most Intriguing Destinations For Solo Travelers," 6 Apr. 2021 Ree Drummond has filmed 15 seasons of The Pioneer Woman from the kitchen of her family's ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Ree Drummond Shares What Happens to the Leftover Food on The Pioneer Woman Set," 23 Mar. 2021 Some farm and ranch country in Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, and other western states also have burgeoning populations of birds that few people ever bother to hunt. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "8 Overlooked Spring Turkey-Hunting Hotspots," 19 Mar. 2021 Home choices range from historical renovations near downtown and newer family-friendly neighborhoods to sprawling farm and ranch properties. Suzanne Brooke, Dallas News, "Mount Pleasant, TX rolls out the red carpet (and one million Christmas lights) this holiday season," 10 Nov. 2020 Paying 35% more than what the same ranch was selling for two years ago, and also paying a couple of extra points on your home loan, would raise monthly costs to the point where only a steep drop in prices would restore affordability. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "3 ways you’ll feel the pain of the shocking rise in interest rates," 20 Mar. 2021 During deer season, access to a ranch like his could go for ten to 50 times that for a hunt. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "8 Overlooked Spring Turkey-Hunting Hotspots," 19 Mar. 2021 Landon Development purchased 637 acres of the sprawling ranch property on the west side of Coit Road between Main Street and Eldorado Parkway last summer. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Ground broken for $1 billion Frisco community with thousands of homes," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Volunteers ages 13 and up are sought to help with daily chores and ranch upkeep; therapeutic riding; and educational, special event and office support. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Get involved with these volunteer opportunities in D-FW," 2 Apr. 2021 Paramount+ has not made any casting announcements for 6666, but Outsider reports that ranch hands Ryan Bingham and Jefferson White will reprise their roles as Walker and Jimmy Hurdstrom. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "A Second 'Yellowstone' Spinoff Is in the Works: Here's Everything We Know About '6666'," 13 Mar. 2021 Range riders are also tasked with finding cattle carcasses and reporting them to ranch management for removal. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Controversial killing of wolves continues in Washington State," 17 Aug. 2020 Last month, Kardashian West took North to her family's Cody, Wyoming, ranch to celebrate her birthday (the little girl turned 7 on June 15). Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Penelope Turns 8! See the Sweet Birthday Tributes from Aunt Kim Kardashian, Grandma Kris Jenner," 8 July 2020 An existing federal conservation initiative now pays people for growing erosion-preventing crops on their land instead of farming or ranching it. Sheela Tobben, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Weighs Paying Drillers to Leave Oil in Ground Amid Glut," 5 May 2020 Frank had been ranching in Wyoming, but his interest was piqued by the acres and acres of citrus growing in the east Phoenix Orange Belt, especially near the Arizona Canal. Donna Reiner, azcentral, "This century-old Craftsman bungalow has a story rooted in citrus," 14 Nov. 2019 Despite cattle ranching being their main source of income, the family stopped grazing in certain riparian areas where ocelots were photographed. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Imperiled ocelots found south of the U.S.-Mexico border, renewing concerns about a wall," 1 Feb. 2020 Berreth’s disappearance last year drew national attention to rural Teller County, where Frazee ranched and worked as a farrier, including for the beloved free-roaming donkeys of Cripple Creek. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Jury has reached verdict in Patrick Frazee’s trial in Colorado," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Ranch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranch. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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
chiefly US : 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
chiefly US : to raise (an animal) on a ranch

ranch

noun
\ ˈranch How to pronounce ranch (audio) \

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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