pasture

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
  1. noun
    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
    synonyms: grazing land, lea, ley, pastureland
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    types:
    common land, commons
    a pasture subject to common use
    cow pasture
    a pasture for cows
    type of:
    grassland
    land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
  2. noun
    bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    synonyms: eatage, forage, grass, pasturage
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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
  3. verb
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
    synonyms: crop, graze
    browse, crop, graze, 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
  4. verb
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
    synonyms: browse, crop, graze, range
    range
    let eat
    crop, graze
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
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    type of:
    eat, feed
    take in food; used of animals only
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