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for·age

 (fôr′ĭj, fŏr′-)
n.
1. Plant material that livestock graze or that is cut and fed to them.
2. The act of looking or searching for food or provisions.
v. for·aged, for·ag·ing, for·ag·es
v.intr.
1. To wander in search of food or provisions.
2. To search for a particular food or foods, often in the wild: foraged for mushrooms; foraging in the farmers' markets for choice produce.
3. To make a raid, as for food: soldiers foraging near an abandoned farm.
4. To conduct a search; rummage: foraged through the clutter in his closet.
v.tr.
1. To collect forage from; strip of food or supplies: troops who were foraging the countryside.
2. Informal To obtain by foraging: foraged a snack from the refrigerator.

[Middle English, from Old French fourrage, from forrer, to forage, from feurre, fodder, of Germanic origin; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

for′ag·er n.

forage

(ˈfɒrɪdʒ)
n
1. (Agriculture) food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
2. the act of searching for food or provisions
3. (Military) military a raid or incursion
vb
4. to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
5. (Military) (intr) military to carry out a raid
6. (tr) to obtain by searching about
7. (tr) to give food or other provisions to
8. (Agriculture) (tr) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
[C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder]
ˈforager n

for•age

(ˈfɔr ɪdʒ, ˈfɒr-)

n., v. -aged, -ag•ing. n.
1. food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
2. the seeking or obtaining of such food.
3. the act of searching for provisions of any kind.
v.i.
4. to wander or go in search of provisions.
5. to search about; seek; rummage; hunt: foraging in the pantry for a bread knife.
v.t.
6. to collect forage from; strip of supplies.
7. to supply with forage.
8. to obtain by foraging: to forage berries for a pie.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder]
for′ag•er, n.
syn: See feed.

forage


Past participle: foraged
Gerund: foraging

Imperative
forage
forage
Present
I forage
you forage
he/she/it forages
we forage
you forage
they forage
Preterite
I foraged
you foraged
he/she/it foraged
we foraged
you foraged
they foraged
Present Continuous
I am foraging
you are foraging
he/she/it is foraging
we are foraging
you are foraging
they are foraging
Present Perfect
I have foraged
you have foraged
he/she/it has foraged
we have foraged
you have foraged
they have foraged
Past Continuous
I was foraging
you were foraging
he/she/it was foraging
we were foraging
you were foraging
they were foraging
Past Perfect
I had foraged
you had foraged
he/she/it had foraged
we had foraged
you had foraged
they had foraged
Future
I will forage
you will forage
he/she/it will forage
we will forage
you will forage
they will forage
Future Perfect
I will have foraged
you will have foraged
he/she/it will have foraged
we will have foraged
you will have foraged
they will have foraged
Future Continuous
I will be foraging
you will be foraging
he/she/it will be foraging
we will be foraging
you will be foraging
they will be foraging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been foraging
you have been foraging
he/she/it has been foraging
we have been foraging
you have been foraging
they have been foraging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been foraging
you will have been foraging
he/she/it will have been foraging
we will have been foraging
you will have been foraging
they will have been foraging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been foraging
you had been foraging
he/she/it had been foraging
we had been foraging
you had been foraging
they had been foraging
Conditional
I would forage
you would forage
he/she/it would forage
we would forage
you would forage
they would forage
Past Conditional
I would have foraged
you would have foraged
he/she/it would have foraged
we would have foraged
you would have foraged
they would have foraged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forage - bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattleforage - bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
fodder - coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
2.forage - the act of searching for food and provisionsforage - the act of searching for food and provisions
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
Verb1.forage - collect or look around for (food)
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"
rustle - forage food
2.forage - wander and feed; "The animals forage in the woods"
eat, feed - take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
prey, raven, predate - prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs"

forage

verb
1. search, hunt, scavenge, cast about, seek, explore, raid, scour, plunder, look round, rummage, ransack, scrounge (informal), fossick (Austral. & N.Z.) They were forced to forage for clothes and fuel.
noun
1. (for cattle, etc.) fodder, food, feed, foodstuffs, provender forage needed to feed one cow and its calf

forage

verb
Translations
عَلَفيَبْحَث عن الطعام، العَلَف
pícepícninashánět seslídit
foderfouragefouragererode
fourragepâturepoisson fourragefouiller
leita ; krafsa/róta uppskepnufóîur
lopbarībameklētrakņāties
zháňať
aramakhayvan yemiyem

forage

[ˈfɒrɪdʒ]
A. N (for cattle) → forraje m
B. VI they foraged for food in the junglese adentraron en la selva en busca de alimento

forage

[ˈfɒrɪdʒ]
nfourrage m
vi [animal] → fourrager
to forage for sth (= look for) [person] → fouiller pour trouver qch
to forage for food [animal] → chercher de la nourritureforage cap ncalot m

forage

n
(= fodder)Futter nt
(= search for fodder)Futtersuche f; (Mil) → Überfall m
vinach Futter suchen; (Mil) → einen Überfall/Überfälle machen; (fig: = rummage) → herumstöbern (for nach)

forage

[ˈfɒrɪdʒ]
1. npiante fpl foraggere
2. vi to forage (for)andare in cerca (di)

forage

(ˈforidʒ) verb
(often with about) to search thoroughly. He foraged about in the cupboard; He foraged for food in the cupboard.
noun
food for horses and cattle.
References in classic literature ?
Bring war material with you from home, but forage on the enemy.
Then two officers emerged, bowing too, and a stout man with a big beard, wearing a greasy forage cap.
He had to forage for himself, and he foraged well, though he was oft-times a plague to the squaws in consequence.
The country became more marshy toward evening; the forests dwindled to isolated clumps of trees; and on the borders of the river could be seen plantations of tobacco, and swampy meadow-lands fat with forage.
The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage, which he spread before the knight's charger, and immediately afterwards shook down a quantity of dried fern in the corner which he had assigned for the rider's couch.
I see,'' said he, ``Sir Sluggish Knight, that thou art a man of prudence and of counsel; and moreover, I see that my poor monastic fare likes thee not, accustomed, perhaps, as thou hast been, to the license of courts and of camps, and the luxuries of cities; and now I bethink me, Sir Sluggard, that when the charitable keeper of this forest-walk left those dogs for my protection, and also those bundles of forage, he left me also some food, which, being unfit for my use, the very recollection of it had escaped me amid my more weighty meditations.
So we resolved to stay till the forage has burned down too, and then came away and left them.
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California's foothill rangelands are an important source of fall, winter and spring forage for grazing livestock.
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A significant part of milk production in Brazil is carried out in systems where the pasture is main feed source for these animals, which requires management actions aimed at optimizing the use of forage to maximize animal production.