graze

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

graze (plural grazes)

  1. The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
  2. A light abrasion; a slight scratch.

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Verb[edit]

graze (third-person singular simple present grazes, present participle grazing, simple past and past participle grazed)

  1. (transitive) To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
    • Jonathan Swift
      a field or two to graze his cows
    • 1999: Although it is perfectly good meadowland, none of the villagers has ever grazed animals on the meadow on the other side of the wall. — Stardust, Neil Gaiman, page 4 (2001 Perennial Edition).
  2. (intransitive) To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
    Cattle graze in the meadows.
    • Alexander Pope
      The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead.
  3. (transitive) To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
    • Shakespeare
      when Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
  4. (transitive) To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
    the bullet grazed the wall
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 23
      But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship’s direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through.
  5. (transitive) To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
    to graze one's knee
  6. (intransitive) To yield grass for grazing.
    • Francis Bacon
      The sewers must be kept so as the water may not stay too long in the spring; for then the ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose that year.

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Verb[edit]

graze

  1. singular present subjunctive of grazen