WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
graze1 /greɪz/USA pronunciation   v.,  grazed, graz•ing. 
  1. Agricultureto feed on growing grass or other plant life, as cattle, sheep, etc., do: [+ on]grazing on the grass in the field.[+ object]The deer had grazed the area so thoroughly that there was nothing left.
  2. Informal Terms[no object]
    • , to eat small portions of food in place of regular meals.
    • to sample small portions of a variety of foods at one meal.
graz•er, n. [countable]

graze2 /greɪz/USA pronunciation   v.,  grazed, graz•ing, n. 
v. 
  1. to touch or rub lightly in passing: [+ object]His knee grazed the chair.[no object]His knee grazed against the rough wall.
  2. to scrape the skin from:[+ object]The bullet just grazed his shoulder.

n. [countable]
  1. a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
  2. a slight scratch;
    abrasion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
graze1  (grāz),USA pronunciation v.,  grazed, graz•ing. 
v.i. 
  1. Agricultureto feed on growing grass and pasturage, as do cattle, sheep, etc.
  2. Informal Termsto eat small portions of food, as appetizers or the like, in place of a full-sized meal or to snack during the course of the day in place of regular meals.

v.t. 
  1. Agricultureto feed on (growing grass).
  2. Agricultureto put cattle, sheep, etc., to feed on (grass, pastureland, etc.).
  3. to tend (cattle, sheep, etc.) while they are at pasture.
grazea•ble, adj. 
grazer, n. 
  • Middle English grasen, Old English grasian, derivative of græs grass bef. 1000

graze2  (grāz),USA pronunciation v.,  grazed, graz•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to touch or rub lightly in passing.
  2. to scrape the skin from;
    abrade:The bullet just grazed his shoulder.

v.i. 
  1. to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing:to graze against a rough wall.

n. 
  1. a grazing;
    a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
  2. a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing;
    abrasion.
grazer, n. 
grazing•ly, adv. 
  • 1595–1605; perh. special use of graze1; for the semantic shift compare French effleurer, derivative of fleur flower, in the same meaning


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

graze /ɡreɪz/ vb
  1. to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
  2. (transitive) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
  3. informal to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
  4. US to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
Etymology: Old English grasian, from græs grass; related to Old High German grasōn, Dutch grazen, Norwegian grasa
graze /ɡreɪz/ vb
  1. when intr, often followed by against or along: to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
  2. (transitive) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
n
  1. the act of grazing
  2. a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Etymology: 17th Century: probably special use of graze1; related to Swedish gräsa



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