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Definition of pasture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] land covered with grass that is suitable for feeding animals on an area of permanent/rough/rich pasture high mountain pastures The cattle were put out to pasture. We drove through mile after mile of land cleared for pasture.
  2. 2pastures [plural] the circumstances of your life, work, etc. I felt we were off to greener pastures (= a better way of life).
  3. Idioms
    put somebody out to pasture/grass (informal)
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    to force someone to stop doing their job, especially because they are old
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pasture