forage

To forage is to wander around looking for food. When it’s cold and snowy outside, birds may forage for food in your backyard, digging around for whatever they can find.

The verb forage often describes animals searching for food, but it can also be applied to people. In those circumstances it retains the slightly desperate sense of coming up with whatever is available. For example, if you want to cook dinner but have no time to go to the grocery store, you might forage your refrigerator and cabinets to find good substitutes for ingredients in your recipe.

Definitions of forage
  1. verb
    collect or look around for (food)
    synonyms: scrounge
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    types:
    rustle
    forage food
    type of:
    hunt, hunt down, run, track down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
  2. verb
    wander and feed
    “The animals forage in the woods”
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    types:
    predate, prey, raven
    prey on or hunt for
    type of:
    eat, feed
    take in food; used of animals only
  3. noun
    the act of searching for food and provisions
    synonyms: foraging
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    type of:
    hunt, hunting, search
    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  4. noun
    bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    synonyms: eatage, grass, pasturage, pasture
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    type of:
    fodder
    coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
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