Definition of forage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    forage

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forage
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it forages
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒɪz//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple foraged
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒd//
     
    past participle foraged
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form foraging
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] forage (for something) (especially of an animal) to search for food The female only leaves the young when she forages for food. The pigs are allowed to forage around in a large orchard.
  2. 2[intransitive] forage (for something) (of a person) to search for something, especially using the hands synonym rummage Her assistant was foraging in a cupboard for some envelopes.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French fourrage (noun), fourrager (verb), from fuerre ‘straw’, of Germanic origin and related to fodder.
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