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 There are seven modest ranch homes on the property, including staff accommodations. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "One of the Largest Undeveloped Properties in the Rocky Mountain West Asks $136.25 Million," 4 May 2021 Classic ranch uses buttermilk, which some folks don’t keep on hand. Washington Post, "7 homemade condiments to add that perfect finishing touch to your dishes," 3 May 2021 Shelton proposed to Stefani at his Tishomingo, Oklahoma, ranch last October. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Adam Levine Jokes That He Doesn’t ‘Support’ Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's Marriage," 29 Apr. 2021 The Pioneer Woman took to her Instagram stories on Monday to share her anxiety over Saturday's nuptials, particularly, whether the pretty white tents would be able to withstand the 23-mph winds battering the family ranch in Pawhuska. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, ""What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Ree Drummond Frets Over High Winds Ahead of Daughter Alex’s Outdoor Wedding," 28 Apr. 2021 Growing up watching his dad work the ranch, the toolbox was always at hand, but Preszler had no idea what to do with the tools. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "Trent Preszler’s 'Little and Often' a profound father-son tale of discovery and reconciliation," 27 Apr. 2021 There’s tons to do, but don’t miss falconry lessons, golf, fly fishing, ranch cattle drives, and a breathtaking canyon zip-line tour above Seven Falls. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 20 Best Family Summer Vacations to Take," 27 Apr. 2021 Another suggestion from Arielle is the cauliflower bites, which are battered and breaded and served with a vegan ranch for $11. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Twisted Plants, a vegan restaurant in Cudahy, is expanding with dine-in and a second food truck," 26 Apr. 2021 This Canyon Lake ranch has perhaps the largest meat selection in the market scene — all from animals raised on Maggie and Jeremiah Eubank’s farm. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The best farmers market food stalls, with insider tips, at four San Antonio-area markets: Alamo Heights, Huebner Oaks, New Braunfels and Pearl," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The farm, or ranch as it is now called, is on the Texas Film Commission’s list of permanent historic movie sets. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Investor hoped to restore Western town in McKinney that hosted ‘Playboy’ shoots and was a movie set," 16 Apr. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Ranch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranch. Accessed 12 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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