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

In northern New Mexico, a wildfire closed a ranch where novelist D.H. Lawrence once sought spiritual renewal. CBS News, "More than 60 large wildfires burning across U.S.," 6 July 2018 Plans range from a modestly sized ranch to a four-bedroom colonial. Tony Bacewicz, courant.com, "West River Farms, East Windsor," 28 June 2018 The best availability at the ranch is during winter and spring while summer stays tend to be booked up to a year in advance. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Vega said the abuse occurred during competitions and at the Karolyi ranch. Washington Post, "Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared," 29 June 2018 Among those who have said they were molested by Nassar at the ranch and at other locations under the guise of medical care are Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Walker County officials, Texas Rangers to discuss Karolyi Ranch investigation at press conference," 28 June 2018 Jamie Dantzcher, a member of the 2000 Olympic team, said an ongoing investigation by the Texas Rangers and the Walker County sheriff's office into what happened at the ranch isn't enough. NBC News, "Victims question when Karolyis learned about Nassar sex abuse," 10 May 2018 Gymnasts of international caliber, like Nichols, of suburban Minneapolis, would spend a week each month at the ranch. Dan Barry, The Seattle Times, "As FBI dragged its feet, dozens of gymnasts were molested," 3 Feb. 2018 The two shared a clear bond over horses: the Queen took him on a ride through the Windsor Castle grounds, and Reagan later reciprocated with a trip to his ranch in Santa Barbara. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 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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