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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


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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the 200-acre ranch is falling apart financially. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 Kevin Costner revealed the news to his fans on Instagram with a photo of the Dutton's picturesque ranch, paired with the date: November 13. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 18 May 2022 But on Monday evening at Philmont, the winds had stopped pushing the smoke toward the ranch. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The one-story ranch sits on about 3.2 acres, according to listing agent Eric Lavey of Sotheby’s International Realty. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Also created by Taylor Sheridan, the show will revolve around the Four Sixes Ranch, a storied horse and cattle ranch in West Texas. Oscar Hartzog, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2022 His body was found off a roadside near the family’s Valley Center ranch. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 This ranch boasts Whitetail deer scoring from 120 to 350 as a result of the decade-long focus on improving genetics and a scientific food program. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 14 May 2022 Full-tilt Western-chic ambiance permeates this all-inclusive 30,000-acre working ranch dating back to the 1800s. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The spot features cowboys and ranch hands wrestling and branding cattle. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Jan. 2022 Fans have a choice of 11 different sauces for the special deal and get free fries and ranch with every order! Sabrina Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 11 Feb. 2022 Don’t just take my (incredibly biased) word for it—make lavender buttermilk ranch yourself! Bon Appétit, 31 Jan. 2022 No shade to ranch seasoning, but this recipe is better. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2021 The properties acquired for the current projects mostly consist of empty land and ranch land east of San Marcos. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Nov. 2021 So Nixon began 1974 with a quick trip to his office near his San Clemente, Calif., ranch to sign a law that required states to reduce their speed limits to 55 miles per hour or face being cut off from federal highway dollars. Philip Elliott, Time, 23 Sep. 2021 Creating or expanding agricultural land trusts can keep farm and ranch land in production, Brown said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 After his father died in 1896, the 13-year-old Megargee hopped a train to Arizona to work on his uncle’s cattle ranch off of what is now Indian School Road. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ranch


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1851, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for ranch


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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20 May 2022

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\ 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


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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