\ ˈkräp How to pronounce crop (audio) \

Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pouched enlargement of the esophagus of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration also : an enlargement of the digestive tract of another animal (such as an insect)
2a(1) : a plant or animal or plant or animal product that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence an apple crop a crop of wool
(2) : the total yearly production from a specified area
b : the product or yield of something formed together the ice crop
c : a batch or lot of something produced during a particular cycle the current crop of films
d : collection a crop of lies
3 : the stock or handle of a whip also : a riding whip with a short straight stock and a loop

4 [ 2crop ]

a : the part of the chine of a quadruped (such as a domestic cow) lying immediately behind the withers usually used in plural — see cow illustration
b : an earmark on an animal especially : one made by a straight cut squarely removing the upper part of the ear
c : a close cut of the hair He has a thick crop of hair.


cropped; cropping

Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove the upper or outer parts of crop a hedge crop a dog's ears
b : harvest crop trout
c : to cut off short : trim crop a photograph
2 : to cause (land) to bear a crop planned to crop another 40 acres also : to grow as a crop

intransitive verb

1 : to feed by cropping something
2 : to yield or make a crop
3 : to appear unexpectedly or casually Problems crop up daily.

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Synonyms for crop

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

cultivate, culture, dress, grow, promote, raise, rear, tend

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Examples of crop in a Sentence


Tobacco is their main crop. They sprayed the crops with a pesticide. The teachers got ready for a new crop of students. a new crop of horror movies


The picture was cropped badly. We had to crop the image to fit it into the frame. Her hair was cropped short.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Researchers at the University of Southern California Riverside developed it inside a lab in the 1950s, and released the hybrid crop to the public in 1965. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 There were a lot of investments as the Green Revolution crops came along; the agricultural productivity more than doubled. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why Bill Gates is worried," 15 Oct. 2018 Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been posting on Instagram nonstop wearing the crops. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Wears Hot AF $33 Crop Top on a Date with Pete Davidson," 18 July 2018 From a fan perspective, Summer League is a nice opportunity to get excited about the incoming crop of rookies. Jeremy Woo,, "Lottery Picks, Key Returners and Summer League Storylines to Watch," 6 July 2018 This conviction was echoed at Toga paired with tousled wet crops and at Markus Lupfer beneath oversized hats, save for extra strobing on the high planes of the face to dewy, light-catching effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Over the steady postwar march toward globalization, trade liberalization focused on tracking and cutting tariffs and quotas on machines, crops and other concrete goods. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "The Catch-22 of Globalization," 21 Jan. 2019 Digital zoom just crops and enlarges the photo, making your photo look fuzzy and dull. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Their purpose is to help researchers test how best to alternate crops and livestock in order to turn degraded pastures into productive fields. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Advertising Measles has also been cropping up around the globe: 98 countries reported more measles cases in 2018 than in 2017, according to UNICEF. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 Holmes, on the other hand, went eclectic with a denim trench, Madewell cropped jeans, and a Chanel vanity case in lipstick red. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Share This Incognito Style Must-Have," 28 Mar. 2019 The Art Deco style has been cropping up again in recent years, both among the A-list crowd and regular-old shoppers. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "All the Details on Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Ring From Alex Rodriguez," 12 Mar. 2019 And cold sores generally crop up right near the mouth, on the outer edge of the lips. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, ""I Have a Cold Sore. Does That Mean I Have Herpes?"," 22 Feb. 2019 Any data shown in the OLS-35 display appears cropped out. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Unexplained Images Shows F-22 Raptor in Russian Fighter’s Sights," 24 Sep. 2018 In the debates of which players can be categorically deemed 'world class', De Bruyne's name is one that often crops up - especially over the last year, considering his stellar season at the Etihad during the 2017/18 campaign., "Roberto Martinez Talks Up 'Underestimated' Kevin De Bruyne Following Quiet Group Stage," 30 June 2018 Contact dermatitis often crops up in response to products like soap, lotion, and makeup, Dr. Robinson says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 As a new generation tank Armata is bound to have issues cropping up with test tanks, although that testing was supposed to have been completed by 2016. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia to Receive First New 'Armata' Tanks in 2019," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of crop


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for crop

Noun and Verb

Middle English, craw, head of a plant, yield of a field, from Old English cropp craw, head of a plant; akin to Old High German kropf goiter, craw

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English Language Learners Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plant or plant product that is grown by farmers
: the amount of a crop that is gathered at one time or in one season
: a group of people who begin to do something at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut off the upper or outer parts of (something)
: to cut off part of (a picture or photograph)
: to cut (someone's hair) short


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Kids Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plant or plant product that is grown and harvested Corn is their main crop.
2 : the amount gathered or harvested : harvest a crop of wheat
3 : a short riding whip
4 : an enlargement just above the stomach of a bird or insect in which food is temporarily stored
5 : batch sense 2, lot There is a new crop of movies out.
6 : a close cut of the hair


cropped; cropping

Kids Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove (as by cutting or biting) the upper or outer parts of : trim
2 : to grow or yield a crop (as of grain) : cause (land) to bear a crop
crop up
: to come or appear when not expected Problems crop up daily.


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Medical Definition of crop

: a pouched enlargement of the gullet of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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