[ fawr-ij, for- ]
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  1. food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.

  2. the seeking or obtaining of such food.

  1. the act of searching for provisions of any kind.

  2. a raid.

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.

  1. to make a raid.

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.

  1. to obtain by foraging.

Origin of forage

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (from Germanic )

synonym study For forage

1. See feed.

Other words from forage

  • for·ag·er, noun
  • un·for·aged, adjective

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How to use forage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forage


/ (ˈfɒrɪdʒ) /

  1. food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw

  2. the act of searching for food or provisions

  1. military a raid or incursion

  1. to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc

  2. (intr) military to carry out a raid

  1. (tr) to obtain by searching about

  2. (tr) to give food or other provisions to

  3. (tr) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food

Origin of forage

C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder

Derived forms of forage

  • forager, noun

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