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[fawr-ij, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪdʒ, ˈfɒr-/
noun
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.
4.
a raid.
verb (used without object), foraged, foraging.
5.
to wander or go in search of provisions.
6.
to search about; seek; rummage; hunt:
He went foraging in the attic for old mementos.
7.
to make a raid.
verb (used with object), foraged, foraging.
8.
to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder:
to forage the countryside.
9.
to supply with forage.
10.
to obtain by foraging.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (< Gmc)
Related forms
forager, noun
unforaged, adjective
Synonyms
1. See feed.
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  • Elephant seals migrate in search of food, spending months at sea and often diving deep to forage.
  • The elephants then filed up the opposite bank to continue their relentless search for dry season forage.
  • Of course you cannot question my right to forage on the country.
  • Wild, in which the star is dropped into the harsh wilderness and forced to forage.
  • The robot could, for instance, forage for biofuel while a unit on a long-endurance mission rested.
  • When the animals can't forage as effectively, they begin to single out livestock as an alternative food source.
  • Find a south-facing spot in your garden, preferably by some forage plants and nectar sources.
  • But they rely on the forage fish that are now being devastated by the combined effects of oil and chemical dispersants.
  • Feeding bees supplements, rather than relying on their ability to forage in the wild, costs time and money.
  • The researchers speculate the chimps know best where to forage on their old stamping grounds.
British Dictionary definitions for forage

forage

/ˈfɒrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
2.
the act of searching for food or provisions
3.
(military) a raid or incursion
verb
4.
to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
5.
(intransitive) (military) to carry out a raid
6.
(transitive) to obtain by searching about
7.
(transitive) to give food or other provisions to
8.
(transitive) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
Derived Forms
forager, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder
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Word Origin and History for forage
n.

early 14c. (late 13c. as Anglo-Latin foragium), from Old French forrage "fodder, foraging, pillaging, looting" (12c., Modern French fourrage), from fuerre "hay, straw, forage, fodder" (Modern French feurre) "fodder, straw," from Frankish *fodr "food" or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German fuotar, Old English fodor); see fodder). Military forage cap attested by 1827.

v.

early 15c., from Middle French fourrager, from fourage (Old French forrage; see forage (n.)). Related: Foraged; foraging.

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