If your cattle are feeling hungry, you should let them pasture, or graze, in a grassy field known as a pasture. Pasture is both a noun and a verb associated with grazing animals.

As a noun, a pasture is a field where animals such as horses and cattle can graze, or feed. Pasture can also refer to the grasses or other plants that grow in a pasture. As a verb, pasture means "to graze" or "to release animals into a pasture for grazing." You also might hear this word used in the idiom "Put out to pasture," which means "to retire someone," usually because of old age.

Definitions of pasture

n a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock

grazing land, lea, ley, pastureland
common land, commons
a pasture subject to common use
cow pasture
a pasture for cows
Type of:
land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life

n bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle

eatage, forage, grass, pasturage
Type of:
coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop

v let feed in a field or pasture or meadow

crop, graze
browse, crop, graze, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture
feed with grass
drive slowly and far afield for grazing
Type of:
feed, give
give food to

v feed as in a meadow or pasture

browse, crop, graze, range
let eat
crop, graze
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only

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