noun, often attributive
\ ˈfärm How to pronounce farm (audio) \

Definition of farm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : a sum or due fixed in amount and payable at fixed intervals
2 : a letting out of revenues or taxes for a fixed sum to one authorized to collect and retain them
3 : a district or division of a country leased out for the collection of government revenues
4 : a tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes
5a : a plot of land devoted to the raising of animals and especially domestic livestock
b : a tract of water reserved for the artificial cultivation of some aquatic life form a fish farm
6 : a minor-league team (as in baseball) associated with a major-league team as a subsidiary
7 : an area containing a number of similar structures or objects (such as radio antennas or storage tanks)


farmed; farming; farms

Definition of farm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : rent
2 : to collect and take the fees or profits of (an occupation or business) on payment of a fixed sum
3 : to give up (something, such as an estate or a business) to another on condition of receiving in return a fixed sum
4a : to devote to agriculture
b : to manage and cultivate as a farm
c : to grow or cultivate in quantity farm trees for fuel farm salmon

intransitive verb

: to engage in raising crops or animals

Synonyms for farm

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of farm in a Sentence

Noun She grew up on a dairy farm. Running a farm is hard work. Verb My uncle has been farming this land for 60 years. My uncle has been farming on this land for 60 years.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The garden has provided free tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, onions and lettuces to neighborhood families and served as an instructional farm for college students and Girl Scouts alike. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 This is a product composed of 100% natural ingredients, with 80% of those being organically farmed on the company’s farm in Vermont. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 State law also allows the killing of a bear deemed to be a public health or safety threat, and farmers or farm workers may pursue, trap, and kill a bear that damages property on land used for agriculture. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 The best options were a little farm pond in Parma, or the Edgewater Park fishing pier on Lake Erie. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 12 May 2022 Today the ZCoB umbrella includes a bakery, creamery, candy factory, farm, Korean restaurant, consulting company (ZingTrain) and mail-order catalog. Rien Fertel, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The Sherr-Garcias also visit a farm and bond over food, bringing them back together after being occupied with son Miles preparing for drama school and daughter Bette's career as an elite gymnast. Dana Rose Falcone,, 12 May 2022 Biden said while visiting a farm in Illinois Wednesday. Matt Egan, CNN, 12 May 2022 Factory and farm workers were told to work in isolation, according to The New York Times. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unable to farm this vibrant aquatic habitat, people drilled it full of wells. Susie Cagle, Wired, 12 Apr. 2022 This encourages future generations to stay in the region and continue to farm. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The massive wind turbines farm a different type of green — one that is sustainable and provides cleaner energy sources to the state. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2022 In 2012, a Buddhist monastery in Ukiah hired Nguyen to farm a 5-acre plot on its property. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2022 Forced to pay the tax and grow more grapes and olive trees, the peasants had to farm the rocky, barren terrains surrounding the city. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2022 Senter, who farms 7,5oo acres of cotton, soybeans, rice and corn, is the third generation in his family to farm. Stephen Steed, Arkansas Online, 18 Feb. 2022 The uninitiated will learn how dates came to be one of the biggest crops in the Coachella Valley and will be able to observe the techniques, both old and new, used to farm them. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2022 No one wears a hat like that to work cattle, or to farm a field. Mike Knox, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of farm


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for farm


Middle English ferme, from Anglo-French, from fermer to fix, rent, from Latin firmare to make firm, from firmus firm

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15 May 2022

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“Farm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈfärm How to pronounce farm (audio) \

Kids Definition of farm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of land used for growing crops or raising animals
2 : an area of water where fish or shellfish are grown


farmed; farming

Kids Definition of farm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to use for raising crops or animals They farm the land.
2 : to work on or run a farm

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