Meaning of “graze” in the English Dictionary

"graze" in British English

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uk /ɡreɪz/ 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 touches its surface lightly when it passes it:

The aircraft's landing gear grazed the treetops as it landed.

graze verb (FOOD)

[ I or T ] to (cause animals to) eat grass:

The cows were grazing.
The farmer grazes cattle on this land in the summer months.

[ I ] informal to eat small amounts of food many times during the day instead of sitting down to eat meals at particular times:

No dinner for me, thanks - I've been grazing all day.

grazenoun [ C ]

uk /ɡreɪz/ us /ɡreɪz/

(Definition of “graze” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ɡreɪz/

graze verb (HURT SLIGHTLY)

[ T ] to touch and rub against something while passing it, causing slight damage:

The bullet only grazed his leg.

graze verb (EAT)

[ I/T ] (of animals) to eat grass, or to cause animals to feed on grass:

[ I ] Cows grazed in the field.

(Definition of “graze” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)