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Meaning of “graze” in the English Dictionary

"graze" in British English

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grazeverb

uk   us   /ɡreɪz/
  • graze verb (SURFACE)

[T] to ​break the ​surface of the ​skin by ​rubbing against something ​rough: He ​fell down and grazed his knee. He was ​lucky, the ​bullet just grazed his ​leg. [T] If an ​object grazes something, it ​touchesitssurfacelightly when it ​passes it: The aircraft's ​landinggear grazed the treetops as it ​landed.
  • graze verb (FOOD)

[I or T] to (​causeanimals to) ​eatgrass: The ​cows were grazing. The ​farmer grazes ​cattle on this ​land in the ​summermonths. [I] informal to ​eatsmallamounts of ​food many ​times during the ​dayinstead of ​sitting down to ​eatmeals at ​particulartimes: No ​dinner for me, ​thanks - I've been grazing all ​day.

grazenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡreɪz/
(Definition of graze from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"graze" in American English

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grazeverb

 us   /ɡreɪz/
  • graze verb (HURT SLIGHTLY)

[T] to ​touch and ​rub against something while ​passing it, causing ​slightdamage: The ​bullet only grazed his ​leg.
  • graze verb (EAT)

[I/T] (of ​animals) to ​eatgrass, or to ​causeanimals to ​feed on ​grass: [I] Cows grazed in the ​field.
(Definition of graze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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