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 Ursuline Sisters are working with Creative Living for Life on a plan that would result in the construction of 25 suites in 10, one-story ranch-style buildings, each measuring 675-1,000 square feet. cleveland, "Pepper Pike residents hash out merits, concerns over Ursuline special needs housing proposal," 20 Apr. 2021 By August of that year, he had been approved to move in with Brenda and Phillip McGee in their ranch-style home surrounded by pine tree stands, about 30 miles north of downtown Houston. USA Today, "Becoming American: This unaccompanied minor nearly drowned coming to the US. Now he has a new life in Florida," 16 Apr. 2021 The single-level, ranch-style house, built in 1977 on 2.67 acres, has a fireplace, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,645 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "On the market: Homes for sale in Gresham cost up to $1.4 million and a lot less," 10 Apr. 2021 The five-bedroom, five-bathroom and two half-bathroom home has a Texas ranch-style feel, said listing agent Seth Pogoloff of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This five-bedroom house on Dallas’ Park Lane offers privacy with an indoor-outdoor living experience," 9 Apr. 2021 The next morning, the family's ranch-style house in south Scottsdale exploded in flames. Anne Ryman, AZCentral.com, "Still missing: Inside the Robert Fisher fugitive case 20 years later," 8 Apr. 2021 Home: This is a 4-bed, 3-and-a-half-bath, 4,500-square-foot, ranch-style home that was built in 2012 in Louisville’s Rock Springs subdivision. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This 4,500-square foot ranch home in Louisville boasts Arizona vibes, Air Force flair," 8 Apr. 2021 Mills said Bear Development has another similar ranch-style condominium project currently under construction in Kenosha. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Developer proposes a new 26-unit ranch-style townhome duplex development in Franklin," 6 Apr. 2021 That was $21,000 above the asking price and 37% more than the seller had paid for the ranch-style home only two years ago. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "The Housing Market Is Crazier Than It’s Been Since 2006," 3 Apr. 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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26 Apr 2021

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“Ranch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranch. Accessed 7 May. 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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