(third-person singular simple present ranches, present participle ranching, simple past and past participle ranched)
- To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
- Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman
- To work on a ranch
- Bill had ranched only five years when his dad made him foreman
Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American Spanish rancho (“small farm, group of farm huts"), in Spanish originally "group of people who eat together", from ranchear (“to lodge or station"), from Old French ranger (“install in position"), from rang (“row, line") (cognate with rank)