\ 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

The good news is early indicators point to a nice crop this year. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan-grown strawberries are arriving late and here's why," 7 June 2019 Cotton will return to La Napoule in September with a new crop of artists, but residencies are just one way creativity stays alive in the house. Laura Van Straaten, Town & Country, "Château de la Napoule Is the Most Interesting House in the South of France," 6 June 2019 The potential for a large crop has been diminished. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 In 2017, 41 operators produced a crop of nearly 2 million Pacific oysters, valued at $1.53 million. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s fledgling mariculture industry expands its reach; former Dunleavy staffer named to fish board," 5 June 2019 Millions of farm acres are set to go unplanted with corn this spring as persistent wet weather leaves U.S. farmers facing an agonizing choice: whether or not to risk trying to raise a crop. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers on Drenched Land Confront Tough Choice on Planting," 5 June 2019 Legalising cannabis could create a new cash-crop with a revenue stream that has multi-billion dollar export potential. Devangshu Datta, Quartz India, "Legalising cannabis could be one solution to India’s agrarian distress," 30 May 2019 There’s a newer crop of anti-aging drugs that some docs claim are safer and deliver many of the same benefits as HGH. Tatiana Boncompagni, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Hollywood's Dangerous Anti-Aging Secret," 21 May 2019 Details include baroque pearls, beads in every shade of the rainbow, and a crop of seasonal fruit in the forms of watermelon, clementine, and cherry earrings. Vogue, "The Hottest Summer Jewelry Trend Will Take You Back to Summer Camp," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What makes matters worse is that a group of third-party exit companies has cropped up. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "He wanted out of his timeshares — he never predicted the nightmare ahead," 13 June 2019 Schwarzenegger’s was long sleeve with cutouts on the side and was cropped to show off her midriff. Dave Quinn,, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Seen Out for the First Time Since Marrying Chris Pratt," 11 June 2019 Discussions about a new early-childhood school first cropped up a few years ago when Hawken heard from West Side residents who wanted more private-school options on their side of town. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "Hawken School scraps plans for West Side early-childhood center, sells Gordon Square property," 7 June 2019 The Seaport issue comes at a time when high-rise developments are cropping up all over the city, as developers maneuver around zoning rules while promising to provide much needed affordable housing. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport," 7 June 2019 Few other games strive to be a sandbox where those stories crop up organically. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing," 22 May 2018 Lawsuits alleging state officials made critical mistakes in scoring applications that prevented qualified businesses from obtaining one of 24 available licenses cropped up soon after provisional licenses were awarded in November. Jackie Borchardt,, "Panel OKs $2 million to defend Ohio's medical marijuana program in court, appeals hearings," 23 Apr. 2018 In May 2016, not long after Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, billboards cropped up across Mumbai proclaiming TRUMP IS BACK and advertising opportunities to buy apartments in the Lodha Group’s Trump Tower. Anjali Kamat, The New Republic, "Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal," 21 Mar. 2018 Others stepped to her defense, calling out the girl-on-girl hate that cropped up so quickly in the wake of these comments. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Offended Other Models in Her “Love” Interview," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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