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forage

[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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  • With rain forests shrinking, hungry elephants foraged farmland, destroying crops.
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  • These endangered hoofed mammals, which live in transitory groups called harems, are herbivores that subsist on foraged plants.
  • Step two: bury the foraged things-yuca, squashes, eggs-in the ash.
  • He listens until the foraged booty tells him what it wants to be.
  • Emaciated and lice-infested, he foraged for food in garbage cans and slept in doorways.
  • These birds formed small flocks of three to six birds that moved and foraged actively in the upper canopy.
  • The species foraged within the forest, and individuals were rarely seen outside protective vegetation.
  • He also foraged around some of the restaurants, got the patterns down.
British Dictionary definitions for foraged

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 foraged

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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