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forage

[fawr-ij, for-]
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noun
  1. food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
  2. the seeking or obtaining of such food.
  3. the act of searching for provisions of any kind.
  4. a raid.
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verb (used without object), for·aged, for·ag·ing.
  1. to wander or go in search of provisions.
  2. to search about; seek; rummage; hunt: He went foraging in the attic for old mementos.
  3. to make a raid.
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verb (used with object), for·aged, for·ag·ing.
  1. to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder: to forage the countryside.
  2. to supply with forage.
  3. to obtain by foraging.
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Origin of forage

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (from Germanic)
Related formsfor·ag·er, nounun·for·aged, adjective

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1. See feed.
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forage

noun
  1. food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
  2. the act of searching for food or provisions
  3. military a raid or incursion
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verb
  1. to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
  2. (intr) military to carry out a raid
  3. (tr) to obtain by searching about
  4. (tr) to give food or other provisions to
  5. (tr) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
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Derived Formsforager, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder
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Word Origin and History for forage

n.

early 14c. (late 13c. as Anglo-Latin foragium), from Old French forrage "fodder, foraging, pillaging, looting" (12c., Modern French fourrage), from fuerre "hay, straw, forage, fodder" (Modern French feurre) "fodder, straw," from Frankish *fodr "food" or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German fuotar, Old English fodor); see fodder). Military forage cap attested by 1827.

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v.

early 15c., from Middle French fourrager, from fourage (Old French forrage; see forage (n.)). Related: Foraged; foraging.

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