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noun har·vest \ˈhär-vəst\

Simple Definition of harvest

  • : the season when crops are gathered from the fields or the activity of gathering crops

  • : the amount of crops that are gathered; also : the amount of a natural product gathered in a single season

Full Definition of harvest

  1. 1 :  the season for gathering in agricultural crops

  2. 2 :  the act or process of gathering in a crop

  3. 3 a :  a mature crop (as of grain or fruit) :  yield b :  the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season <deer harvest> <ice harvest>

  4. 4 :  an accumulated store or productive result <a harvest of revenue>

Examples of harvest

  1. The beginning of the harvest varies from year to year.

  2. It is time for the harvest.

  3. They prayed for a bountiful harvest.

  4. We had enormous harvests of corn this year.

Origin of harvest

Middle English hervest, from Old English hærfest; akin to Latin carpere to pluck, gather, Greek karpos fruit

First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



verb har·vest

Simple Definition of harvest

  • : to gather (a crop)

  • : to gather or collect (something) for use

Full Definition of harvest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to gather in (a crop) :  reap b :  to gather, catch, hunt, or kill (as salmon, oysters, or deer) for human use, sport, or population control c :  to remove or extract (as living cells, tissues, or organs) from culture or from a living or recently deceased body especially for transplanting

  3. 2 a :  to accumulate a store of <has now harvested this new generation's scholarly labors — M. J. Wiener> b :  to win by achievement <the team harvested several awards>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to gather in a crop especially for food

har·vest·able play \-və-stə-bəl\ adjective
har·vest·er noun

Examples of harvest

  1. It is time to harvest the wheat.

  2. They want to harvest timber in these woods.

15th Century

First Known Use of harvest

15th century

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