Main definitions of graze in English

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graze1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field:

    ‘cattle graze on the open meadows’
    • ‘When the flood plains dry up cattle graze on the succulent marsh grass which grew while the plains were filled with water.’
    • ‘This was used in a Talley System which worked like this: Suppose I lent you 5 sheep to graze on your field and cut your grass, I would make a mark for each sheep on a stick.’
    • ‘Cattle and sheep graze on pastures grown from its waters.’
    • ‘For comparison, he let cattle graze on two pastures, and fenced them out and made hay from two other pastures.’
    • ‘This fungus helps the fescue survive tough conditions but also produces many compounds that are poisonous to cattle if they graze on it continuously.’
    • ‘Livestock grazing in fields far away from their home farm may not be allowed to return, as movement of these animals risks spreading the disease further.’
    • ‘Soweto's informal farmers, whose cattle graze on open land around the township, will soon have land officially provided for them.’
    • ‘Grass-fed beef is just that - herds of cattle grazing peacefully on a grassy prairie, just like in the Old West.’
    • ‘Lambs graze on organic grass on the farm, where the family also rears free-range pigs and then cure their own bacon on the premises.’
    • ‘Then they marveled at robins and gophers and chased after a huge herd of cattle grazing on a lush green pasture behind a fence by a big placid pond, which the cemetery overlooks.’
    • ‘About 46,000 cattle and sheep graze on Dartmoor, already declared a no-go area for walking, horse riding and other recreational uses.’
    • ‘He also explained that in summer some herders migrate further up the mountain, moving into summer shacks, to let their cattle graze on better and different kinds of plants.’
    • ‘Another concern is the welfare of their cows, following reports from other farmers, who already had pylons on their land, that livestock refuses to graze on the grass under the lines.’
    • ‘They end up hired to watch a huge herd of sheep grazing on Brokeback Mountain for the summer.’
    • ‘In the open-field areas of northern France they could glean after harvest and their cattle could graze on the stubble.’
    • ‘As the inspector said, the land remains grassed and it would be possible for sheep to graze on it, but it retains physical features identified with the previous unauthorised use.’
    • ‘It also shows the 18 th-century pleasure lake curving round the west and south of the building and includes cattle and sheep grazing in the parkland.’
    • ‘They reach weaning age while still consuming a diet mostly composed of milk, while their mothers graze on grass.’
    • ‘The sheep are allowed to graze on rangeland for a good part of the year and are very healthy.’
    • ‘Streams from the mountains' snows converged, so there was water for thriving crops like grapes and olives and lush grasses for cattle to graze on.’
    feed, eat, crop, browse, ruminate, pasture, nibble, take nourishment
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    1. 1.1[with object] (of an animal) feed on (grass or grassland):
      ‘downland areas grazed by sheep’
      • ‘I accept that both the sheep and horses will graze the land.’
      • ‘After an hour or so, he spotted a large deer grazing a small patch of surviving grass.’
      • ‘Sheep have grazed this area on and off for over 1,000 years and we sought the advice of English Nature before expanding the area managed by grazing.’
      • ‘Wild garlic can also cause off flavor in milk from animals grazing infested pastures.’
      • ‘He's still there, but the island is no longer a monocultural grassland grazed by feral pigs.’
      • ‘Cattle grazed the pastures where prairie hens, quail and coyote roamed.’
      • ‘Performance of cattle grazing tall fescue is often lower than that of cattle grazing other grasses.’
      • ‘A patchwork of hedgerowed fields grazed by Friesian cows swept down from the house to a marshy buttercup-dappled plateau below, where the river ran beside the railway track.’
      • ‘Sheep graze the area between midsummer and late autumn to prevent the fields deteriorating into scrubland and no nutrients are placed on the land to create better conditions for flora and fauna to flourish.’
      • ‘Vineyards and orchards flourish, and sheep and goats graze the hills.’
      • ‘The meadows are cut for hay in late summer, and the regrowth is then grazed by cattle or sheep.’
      • ‘A sufficient number of animals should be placed on the pasture to graze the grass down in less than 10 days.’
      • ‘Winter and spring cereals, potatoes and sugar beet are grown, while cattle graze old pastures and hay is made on ancient hay meadows.’
      • ‘Most mainland and island salt marshes are grazed by cattle or sheep.’
      • ‘The track then passes over a new bridge made with the reclaimed railway sleepers, and overlooks a field grazed by cows.’
      • ‘In your proposal you talk about cheetahs hunting pronghorn and elephants grazing Great Plains grasslands.’
      • ‘White hart deer graze the lawns, said to be descended from two white harts given by Elizabeth 1 to her god-child Elizabeth Norreys.’
      • ‘Rhino species grazed temperate grasslands and tundra, and many were covered with a thick coat of hair.’
      • ‘The horses do not graze these fields, but I think the no-till idea will be of benefit when the pastures themselves need seeding.’
      • ‘Delayed aftergrass will result in calves grazing worminfected pastures for longer.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Put (cattle, sheep, etc.) to feed on grassland:
      ‘shepherds who grazed animals on common land’
      • ‘If you open up the commons for everyone to graze their sheep, one person is going to go get their whole flock.’
      • ‘Areas unsuited for cultivation are used to graze large herds of sheep, cattle, and goats.’
      • ‘The main form of agriculture was pastoral with cattle and sheep being grazed on unenclosed lands.’
      • ‘Lloyd began with the idea of a common pasture on which villagers could graze their cattle.’
      • ‘The farmer wants to graze cattle on the chalk downland.’
      • ‘Apparently, having the Freedom of the City of Galway means that you can graze your cattle anywhere in the city, even in Eyre Square.’
      • ‘Ordinary people had the right to graze their cattle and grow their crops on common lands, even though they did not technically own them.’
      • ‘Because cattle cannot climb to higher elevations, producers tend to graze their cattle in semiflat and flat lands, where precipitation is lower.’
      • ‘Ranchers graze cattle and water buffalo on floodplain grasslands to produce meat and secondarily dairy products.’
      • ‘They've come south to graze their cattle and trade in the dry season from time immemorial.’
      • ‘There were a lot of townhouses which were surrounded by land which was used to graze the cattle and other livestock belonging to the wealthy inhabitants.’
      • ‘While few crops are grown in this hot, flat region, the grassland provides ample space to graze cattle.’
      • ‘He was picked up from the forest when he went there to graze his cattle.’
      • ‘They are not allowed to use the park for grazing cattle as they used to.’
      • ‘Mr Thompson said his main concern was that the farmers who usually grazed their cattle on the common land were running out of feed.’
      • ‘The award is something of a quaint relic - freemen have the right to graze sheep on common ground.’
      • ‘This does not prevent shepherds from trying to graze their sheep wherever something green can be found inside the town.’
      • ‘Neighbours, who had been using the vacant land to graze their sheep, feel they have the right to continue to do so.’
      • ‘We graze sheep and cattle on a couple of hundred properties.’
      • ‘Each year during harvest time, this rural community in Mali is host to two nomadic groups that come to graze their cattle or to work as herders.’
    3. 1.3informal (of a person) eat frequent snacks at irregular intervals:
      ‘advertisers should not encourage children to graze on snacks or sweets’
      • ‘Then we grazed on some pita bread, cheese and dip while we watched Futurama on his video projector.’
      • ‘There are a number of fine hotels in the town where you can graze in style on anything from satay to sushi to cheeseburger.’
      • ‘So I'm probably grazing more and not getting very hungry.’
      • ‘Without junk food on hand, I'm apt to graze on more substantial snacks.’
      • ‘Feed youngsters with 3 scheduled meals and 1-2 scheduled snacks without grazing in between.’
      • ‘She will eat breakfast and usually dinner without a problem but for the rest of the day she would rather graze on snacks.’
      • ‘So, instead of opting for the full blow-out, you could graze for an hour or so after the turkey on tangerines, almonds and the odd soft-centre.’
      • ‘If your child seems to graze on snacks all day and claims she's never hungry at mealtimes, designate specific times for meals and snacks and don't allow snacking in between.’
      • ‘By making my own sandwiches and resisting temptation by not grazing on snacks at my desk all day, I reckon I could save a fiver a day.’
      • ‘So you could graze and drink at will which we did.’
    4. 1.4North American informal Casually sample something:
      ‘we grazed up and down the TV channels’
      • ‘It’s early days, and apparently BT have space for more channels, but it would probably be rather more interesting to show a rolling news channel, which is made for quick grazing.’
      • ‘Channels changing, also called channel surfing or grazing, is one of the largest obstacles that television programmers have to overcome to entice and hold audiences.’

Origin

Old English grasian, from græs ‘grass’.

Pronunciation:

graze

/ɡreɪz/

Main definitions of graze in English

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graze2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Scrape and break the surface of the skin of (a part of the body):

    ‘she fell down and grazed her knees’
    • ‘Thomas had followed his father's gaze and looking down he could see the number of swellings and bruises grazing his body.’
    • ‘I grazed my skin on the rough pavement, and now had twin bleeding elbows.’
    • ‘The blade at least hadn't sunken into the cut just grazed her skin.’
    • ‘I proceeded to fall over and graze my knee badly, and decided to leave.’
    • ‘The shoulder pad on his left side had been grazed, exposing his skin beneath.’
    • ‘Today he came running down the path so fast that he got the speed wobbles and went sprawling onto the concrete before he reached me, grazing his knee.’
    • ‘Or they race around the school yard, covered in a layer of gravel, waiting to fall and graze their knees.’
    • ‘He grazed the skin under my left eye, and I felt a small sting as the cut began to bleed.’
    • ‘Three of the bullets missed me and one superficially grazed my skin.’
    • ‘She pushed up her sleeve to reveal a bandage on her arm where the first spearhead grazed her skin.’
    • ‘A painful red stroke appeared on her chest as the sword grazed her skin.’
    • ‘At the moment it seems you could sue the council for tripping up and grazing your knee on the pavement.’
    • ‘She walked uneasily across the rocky coastline as if it had been her who had downed that crate load of wine, and continued to fall at regular intervals, further grazing her skin and tearing her dress.’
    • ‘I seem to be OK, though - my knees are grazed (but not too badly), and the toes of my left foot are evidently a bit sprained.’
    • ‘The thorns pierced my skin and grazed my arms and neck.’
    • ‘I tried to take a step forward but ended up grazing my knee on a piece of dead bark lying about.’
    • ‘She said he had bumped his head and grazed his knee.’
    • ‘I can remember my stomach churning when one of my children would take a risk while playing a game and then fall and graze their knee.’
    • ‘I felt one graze the skin on my cheek, when I wiped it off, there was blood smeared on my fingers.’
    • ‘She landed hard, eagle-spread on the ground, feeling the damp cold rough surface graze her back.’
    scrape, abrade, skin, scratch, chafe, bark, scuff, rasp, break the skin of, cut, nick, snick
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    1. 1.1 Touch or scrape lightly in passing:
      ‘his hands just grazed hers’
      • ‘Evan pulled me closer, my forehead lightly grazing his chin.’
      • ‘She reached out a hand toward him and lightly grazed his shoulder.’
      • ‘She felt his hand grazing hers, and looked up at him, but his attention was suddenly diverted.’
      • ‘As he reached the top button his fingers lightly grazed my back causing a shiver to go down my spine.’
      • ‘Wet tawny curls framed her face and grazed her shoulders lightly, bangs falling over her forehead.’
      • ‘Her long dark hair flowed over her shoulder lightly grazing the sleepy girl's arm.’
      • ‘Her lips grazed his ear lightly as she whispered, ‘Thank you,’ into his ear.’
      • ‘The cool touch of fingertips grazed the back of his neck.’
      • ‘Gently, she touched his cheek, grazed her fingertips along his square jaw.’
      • ‘He whispered into her ear, his lips grazing her skin.’
      • ‘Rena's fingers lightly graze mine as she takes the flower back and sniffs it herself.’
      • ‘She wandered over to one of the punching bags and ran her fingers along the vinyl material softly, her fingertips just barely grazing the cold surface.’
      • ‘She smiled softly and slipped her arms up around his neck, her lips lightly grazing his neck as she rested her head on his shoulder.’
      • ‘She saw him smile lovingly when his fingers grazed her cheek and touched her hair.’
      • ‘His fingers were so gentle, just barely grazing my skin.’
      • ‘Her long, curled eyelashes just grazed the skin underneath them.’
      • ‘I was really surprised when he brought his hand up and as lightly as possible grazed my hot cheek.’
      • ‘Someone's lips grazed the bare skin just above her neckline.’
      • ‘Playing with the neckline of his jersey, she grazed her finger lightly against the side of his throat.’
      • ‘Ame was now walking down the staircase, her hands lightly grazing the railing.’
      touch, touch lightly, brush, brush against, rub lightly, shave, skim, kiss, caress, sweep, scrape, glance off, clip
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noun

  • A slight injury where the skin is scraped:

    ‘cuts and grazes on the skin’
    • ‘A graze is an injury to the skin in which skin is scraped off by rubbing against a rough surface.’
    • ‘A Police spokeswoman said: ‘The victim suffered cuts and grazes to the head and bruising to the elbow, knee and ribs.’’
    • ‘The main problems have been broken bones, cuts and grazes.’
    • ‘Tea tree cream is a useful stand-by antiseptic cream for cuts, grazes and fungal infections.’
    • ‘The passengers were said to have suffered mainly cuts and grazes, with shock and whiplash.’
    • ‘The cyclist collided with the car and needed hospital treatment for fractured ribs and cuts and grazes before being allowed home.’
    • ‘Adam escaped with serious cuts and grazes and a badly bruised hip, but his parents fear it could have been worse.’
    • ‘To treat cuts, grazes, bites and scratches, wash the area carefully with a warm saline solution to which has been added two drops of thyme oil.’
    • ‘His 18-year-old passenger escaped with minor cuts and grazes and did not need hospital treatment.’
    • ‘You can put it neat on the skin for things like cuts, grazes, burns and scalds.’
    • ‘A few drops can also be applied externally to speed up the healing of cuts, grazes and bruises.’
    • ‘My hands are scattered with various scratches, grazes and cuts, the worst of them on my middle finger, which looks as if it's been attacked with a hammer.’
    • ‘I suffered severe bruising to my right leg and cuts and grazes to my hands.’
    • ‘Lavender oil makes an excellent disinfectant for cuts and grazes.’
    • ‘Damage to the skin is the most common source of infection, including infection in minor cuts and grazes.’
    • ‘He looked perfect, apart from a slight graze at the side of his head.’
    • ‘It has a moisturising, soothing action, which you can use on stings, cuts, grazes, spots, and sunburn.’
    • ‘Then, Antoine took care of the minor injuries like black eyes, grazes and cuts.’
    • ‘He had suffered cuts and grazes to his head, back, shoulders and arms in the attack.’
    • ‘But the two men pulled the driver clear seconds before the blaze destroyed the cab - and he escaped with only minor cuts and grazes.’
    scratch, scrape, abrasion, cut, injury, sore
    trauma, traumatism
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Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps a specific use of graze.

Pronunciation:

graze

/ɡreɪz/