There are 2 definitions of graze in English:

graze1

Syllabification: graze
Pronunciation: /grāz
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field: cattle graze on the open meadows
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • About 46,000 cattle and sheep graze on Dartmoor, already declared a no-go area for walking, horse riding and other recreational uses.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [with object] (Of an animal) feed on (grass or land covered by grass): llamas graze the tufts of grass
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    • Delayed aftergrass will result in calves grazing worminfected pastures for longer.
    • The track then passes over a new bridge made with the reclaimed railway sleepers, and overlooks a field grazed by cows.
    • He's still there, but the island is no longer a monocultural grassland grazed by feral pigs.
  • 1.2 [with object] Put (cattle, sheep, etc.) to feed on land covered by grass: shepherds who grazed animals on common land
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    • This does not prevent shepherds from trying to graze their sheep wherever something green can be found inside the town.
    • If you open up the commons for everyone to graze their sheep, one person is going to go get their whole flock.
    • Lloyd began with the idea of a common pasture on which villagers could graze their cattle.
  • 1.3 informal (Of a person) eat small quantities of food at frequent but irregular intervals: advertisers should not encourage children to graze on snacks or sweets
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    • 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.
    • She will eat breakfast and usually dinner without a problem but for the rest of the day she would rather graze on snacks.
    • So you could graze and drink at will which we did.
  • 1.4 informal , chiefly North American Casually sample something: we grazed up and down the channels
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    • 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.

Derivatives

grazer

noun
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  • Weanling calves are select grazers, therefore offer fresh grass daily, intensive rotational grazing will support our target live weight gains, but the pasture needs to be of excellent quality.
  • You wouldn't see them at first, but sabertooth tigers, gigantic short-faced bears, and dire wolves prowl the land, stalking the grazers.
  • Over the last 40 years mixed livestock farming has declined and the predominant animals have become sheep, which are highly selective grazers.

Origin

Old English grasian, from græs 'grass'.

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There are 2 definitions of graze in English:

graze2

Syllabification: graze
Pronunciation: /
 
grāz/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Scrape the skin of (a part of the body) so as to break the surface but cause little or no bleeding: she fell down and grazed her knees
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    • Thomas had followed his father's gaze and looking down he could see the number of swellings and bruises grazing his body.
    • Or they race around the school yard, covered in a layer of gravel, waiting to fall and graze their knees.
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    scrape, abrade, skin, scratch, chafe, bark, scuff, rasp; cut, nick
  • 1.1Touch or scrape lightly in passing: his hands just grazed hers
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    • Evan pulled me closer, my forehead lightly grazing his chin.
    • 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.
    • Ame was now walking down the staircase, her hands lightly grazing the railing.
    Synonyms
    touch, brush, shave, skim, kiss, scrape, clip, glance off

noun

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  • A slight injury where the skin is scraped: it’ll be fine, it’s only a graze
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    • Then, Antoine took care of the minor injuries like black eyes, grazes and cuts.
    • He looked perfect, apart from a slight graze at the side of his head.
    • You can put it neat on the skin for things like cuts, grazes, burns and scalds.
    Synonyms
    scratch, scrape, abrasion, cut; Medicine trauma

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps a specific use of graze1.

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