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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

Days here linger warm and sunny, and huge ranches, some of which have been around for 100-plus years, run trail rides on rolling grassland, into desertlike canyons, and through forests speckled with gold-leafed aspens. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019 For more information, visit the ranch website at medinacreativehousing.com. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina County parks offer special fall and Halloween activities," 4 Sep. 2019 Choudhury goes on to expand on the possibility that using this model, employees could move to lower-cost cities, could live on ranches or in the boonies or frankly in a trailer. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Work from anywhere model works," 2 Sep. 2019 On his couch, Dullnig, a ranch broker and Longhorns booster, sprung into action. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The Story of Tom Herman, Ed Orgeron and LSU's Wild 2016 Coaching Search," 2 Sep. 2019 Then grazing animals owned by a large ranch on the West End chewed up the surrounding landscape. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 Together, the three ranches can handle 3,000 of these animals at a time. Meghan Dunn, CNN, "Inside the country's largest sanctuary for abused and neglected donkeys," 30 Aug. 2019 This sprawling Southwestern-themed ranch sits on 210 acres just outside of Waco. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: These 3 Fixer Upper Houses Can’t Seem to Sell," 29 Aug. 2019 Grinder sandwiches top the Eegee's menu along with fan-favorite ranch fries and, of course, the Eegee itself. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This is the best fast food restaurant in Arizona, according to Food & Wine magazine," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Energy and ranching interests praised the move as an overdue step to give them better access to officials who have considerable power over their businesses. Washington Post, "Feds: Moving land agency will save money, improve decisions," 16 July 2019 Agriculture Purpose: Promotes Arizona farming, ranching and agribusiness; protects people, plants, animals and the environment; safeguards commerce and encourages consumer awareness. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Who runs the state? Here are Arizona's top agency heads (and their salaries)," 16 July 2019 By the 1860s, a sheep-ranching operation had taken over. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "On Santa Cruz, California’s largest island, foxes play and a traffic jam is 6 kayaks," 9 June 2019 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

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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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