Definition of overgraze in English:

overgraze

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Graze (grassland) so heavily that the vegetation is damaged and the ground becomes liable to erosion.

    ‘their own pastures were overgrazed and arid’
    ‘the failure of the rains led to overgrazing and deforestation’
    • ‘They often blame poor rural producers for what are perceived to be unsound practices including slash and burn cultivation, overgrazing, and deforestation for fuel wood.’
    • ‘The U.S. government found that too much soil erosion had occurred because of sheep overgrazing the land.’
    • ‘How many animals can one area, the ‘commons,’ support before it is overgrazed and production declines?’
    • ‘Before the civil war, families living in this area had an average of 20 cows each and the grassland was heavily overgrazed in the 1970s and 1980s.’
    • ‘The students outlined plans to limit trail erosion, four-wheel driving and overgrazing.’
    • ‘Because of their sedentary character and free grazing habit, reindeer tend to trample and overgraze lichen pastures during summer and autumn.’
    • ‘Many other countries today face similar crippling environmental problems, including the deforestation, overgrazing, erosion and salinization that brought down the Fertile Crescent.’
    • ‘Cattle and sheep can also introduce disease to other animals and overgraze native vegetation needed by wildlife.’
    • ‘And don't overgraze that area this summer or late season growth will be slow.’
    • ‘Horses will quickly overgraze this small area.’
    • ‘The grasslands frequently suffer from overgrazing, a problem affecting not only cattle, but also the productivity of local fisheries.’
    • ‘Due to over-collecting and overgrazing this is now a protected species.’
    • ‘However, as all other farmers make the same calculation, the commons is soon overgrazed to the point where it can no longer support anyone's herd.’
    • ‘In addition to planting, fertilizing and irrigating, pasture management includes rotational grazing to prevent overgrazing.’
    • ‘He argued that a pasture managed as a commons will inevitably be overgrazed, because the benefits of grazing too many sheep accrue to the individual who has the most, while the costs are shared by all users.’
    • ‘Badly overgrazed pasture-land, soil depletion, and drought are persistent problems.’
    • ‘By moving his cattle every day, Montoya avoids overgrazing the land.’
    • ‘Because they are usually located on steep slopes, plantations prevent the degradation of these fragile ecosystems from overgrazing and soil erosion.’
    • ‘The landowner risks having the pasture become overgrazed, resulting in future weed problems, reduced production, and lowered value.’
    • ‘The Viking colonists had allowed cattle to overgraze their pastures, and their arable land was badly affected by soil erosion.’

Pronunciation

overgraze

/əʊvəˈɡreɪz/