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[pas-cher, pahs-]
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  1. Also called pas·ture·land [pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
  2. a specific area or piece of such ground.
  3. grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
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verb (used with object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
  2. (of land) to furnish with pasture.
  3. (of livestock) to graze upon.
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verb (used without object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. (of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
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  1. put out to pasture,
    1. to put in a pasture to graze.
    2. to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime: Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.
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Origin of pasture

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure
Related formspas·tur·al, adjectivepas·ture·less, adjectivepas·tur·er, nounun·pas·tured, adjective
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Related Words for pasturing

plow, reap, tend, graze, sow, cultivate, operate, harvest, grow, nibble, ingest, devour, eat, browse, bite, forage, eating, gnawing, biting, foraging

Examples from the Web for pasturing

Historical Examples of pasturing

  • Pasturing is the principal occupation of the people in rural districts.

    Up To Date Business


  • The pasturing of orchards is often defensible and sometimes even desirable.

    The Apple-Tree

    L. H. Bailey

  • He said, "I am looking for my brothers; tell me, I beg of you, where they are pasturing the flock."

    The Children's Bible

    Henry A. Sherman

  • He wanted to use the lot very much, for he was short of pasturing on his own farm.

    Randy of the River

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • He paced the meadows, and patted the three pasturing steeds.

British Dictionary definitions for pasturing


  1. land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
  2. a specific tract of such land
  3. the grass or herbage growing on it
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  1. (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
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Word Origin for pasture

C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pasturing



late 14c., of animals, "to graze;" early 15c., of humans, "to lead to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.

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c.1300, "grass eaten by cattle," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor). Meaning "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing" is from early 14c. To be out to pasture "retired" is from 1945, from what was done (ideally) to horses after the active working life.

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Idioms and Phrases with pasturing


see put out to grass (pasture).

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