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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

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Synonyms for ranch

Synonyms: Noun

estate, farm, farmstead, grange

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Examples of ranch in a Sentence


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


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

While the chorizo was slightly dry, it was helped with the cilantro ranch drizzle. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit-style pizza place opens at downtown Fort Street Galley," 12 July 2019 The Maui property includes a 12-room ranch and a four-mile private road, Maui Time reported in 2011. Fox News, "Oprah Winfrey 'immediately' granted access to private road for Hawaii fire evacuations, she says," 12 July 2019 According to federal prosecutors, Epstein owns numerous properties: A multimillion-dollar Manhattan townhouse; a Palm Beach estate; a ranch in New Mexico; a home in Paris; and a private island in the Caribbean. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Facts about the wealthy financier facing child sex trafficking charges," 11 July 2019 Deborah Anaya, a former detective with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, made an unannounced visit to Mr. Epstein’s ranch that August. New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Registered as a Sex Offender in 2 States. In New Mexico, He Didn’t Have To.," 11 July 2019 In Sonoma County, the 40-acre ranch of Pro Football Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt — the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs — has come to market at $19.95 million. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Wine country ranch of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt lists for $19.95 million," 11 July 2019 With 3,300 square feet of living space, including 1,600 in the finished basement, the tan brick ranch spreads wide across the manicured lot in Forest Park. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 That all seemed to change last November when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the owners of the mineral rights of a ranch where the fossils were found. Jeremy P. Jacobs, Science | AAAS, "Are dinosaur fossils ‘minerals’? The Montana Supreme Court will decide high stakes case," 10 July 2019 Broadway diva Betty Buckley grew up in Fort Worth and still lives on a horse ranch west of town. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "5 things you might not know about Fort Worth's Broadway diva Betty Buckley, starring in 'Hello, Dolly!' tour," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

History: Farming and ranching were the mainstays of this area, once known as the Janal and Otay ranchos, Mexican land granted to José Antonio Estudillo. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eastlake & Otay Ranch: A suburban mecca on eastern end of Chula Vista has rural roots," 30 June 2019 Hours before the season 2 premiere of Kevin Costner’s ranching drama, Yellowstone has been renewed for a third season. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Yellowstone renewed for season 3, Lost star Josh Holloway added to cast," 19 June 2019 That plan, like Oregon’s plan but on a larger scale, has been met with condemnation from advocates and scientists, but was welcomed by hunters and ranching industry groups. oregonlive.com, "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019 Greenberg grew up in Minnesota, was around agriculture and had friends and neighbors who farmed and ranched. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "New Colorado ag commissioner sets priorities, starting with supporting the next generation of farmers," 4 June 2019 This new land grab will extend the cattle-ranching operation that also helps keep Roden Crater going. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 By and large, it’s women and men from ranching, people who live that life, who live in open spaces, and who have daily encounters with animals and work. Constance Grady, Vox, "Victorian literature was full of lady detectives," 15 Dec. 2018 In an Associated Press interview in August, McLeod-Skinner noted that her wife, Cassandra Skinner’s family has been ranching in eastern Oregon for over 100 years. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "GOP congressman attacks foe’s family ties in Oregon district," 25 Sep. 2018 On the flip side, Eatons' Ranch in northeastern Wyoming is the genuine article, run by the oldest dude-ranching family in America. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018

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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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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



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


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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

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rancher noun

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