graze

Cows graze on grass, and people graze on snacks and finger foods. Graze can also mean to scrape, like when you graze your elbow after falling off your bike.

Graze means "to feed on grass" as sheep, horses, cows, do in a meadow — they eat a little at a time, but constantly. People sometimes graze too, munching on small snacks all day long instead of having a real meal. It also means “to touch lightly,” like when I pitch a baseball to you — and I accidentally hit your arm. With luck, the ball only grazed you, meaning you aren't hurt at all.

Definitions of graze
  1. verb
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
    “the herd was grazing
    synonyms: browse, crop, pasture, range
    range
    let eat
    crop, pasture
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
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    type of:
    eat, feed
    take in food; used of animals only
  2. verb
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
    synonyms: crop, pasture
    browse, crop, pasture, range
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
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    types:
    grass
    feed with grass
    drift
    drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    type of:
    feed, give
    give food to
  3. verb
    eat lightly, try different dishes
    synonyms: browse
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    type of:
    nosh, snack
    eat a snack; eat lightly
  4. noun
    the act of grazing
    synonyms: grazing
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    type of:
    eating, feeding
    the act of consuming food
  5. verb
    break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
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    type of:
    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
  6. verb
    scrape gently
    graze the skin”
    synonyms: crease, rake
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    types:
    shave
    touch the surface of lightly
    skive
    remove the surface of
    type of:
    brush
    touch lightly and briefly
  7. noun
    a superficial abrasion
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    type of:
    abrasion, excoriation, scrape, scratch
    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
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