Graze meaning

grāz
A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
noun
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Graze means to touch or rub lightly.

An example of graze is lightly touching fabric while walking through a fabric store.

verb
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Graze is defined as to eat small portions, or for farm animals to feed on grass in a pasture.

An example of graze is eating small snacks all day instead of eating meals.

An example of graze is cows eating grass in a field.

verb
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The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
noun
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To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
verb
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To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
verb
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The definition of a graze is a small scrape or scratch.

An example of a graze is a scrape that barely breaks the skin.

noun
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To feed on the herbage of (a piece of land).
verb
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To afford herbage for the feeding of.

This field will graze 30 head of cattle.

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To put (livestock) out to feed.
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To tend (feeding livestock) in a pasture.
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To touch lightly in passing; brush.
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To scrape or scratch slightly; abrade.
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To scrape or touch something lightly in passing.
verb
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The act of brushing or scraping along a surface.
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A minor scratch or abrasion.
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To feed on (growing grass, herbage, a pasture, etc.)
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To put livestock to feed on (growing grass, herbage, etc.)
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To tend (feeding livestock)
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To feed on the pasturage of (land)
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To feed on growing grass, etc.
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To touch or rub lightly in passing.
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To scrape or scratch in passing.

A bullet grazed his thigh.

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The act of grazing.
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A slight scratch or scrape caused by grazing.
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To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
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To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.

The bullet grazed the wall.

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To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.

To graze one's knee.

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(intransitive) To yield grass for grazing.
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(intransitive) To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.

Cattle graze in the meadows.

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To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.
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To scrape, touch, or rub lightly against something in passing.
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Origin of graze

  • Middle English grasen from Old English grasian from græs grass ghrē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from graze

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English grasian (“to feed on grass”), from græs (“grass”).

    From Wiktionary