noun, often attributive
\ˈfärm \

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

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Synonyms for farm

Synonyms: Noun

estate, farmstead, grange, ranch

Synonyms: Verb

cultivate, tend, till

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Examples of farm in a Sentence


She grew up on a dairy farm. Running a farm is hard work.


My uncle has been farming this land for 60 years. My uncle has been farming on this land for 60 years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hiram arrives at the farm to… kill Archie, presumably? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 For every cat or dog euthanized in a shelter, about 3,400 animals are confined, raised, and killed on farms. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Where will your donations do the most for animals?," 27 Nov. 2018 Back at the Ides’ farm, Bright Ide Acres, Micha Ide has some advice for those interested in trying out her turkeys. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Turkey prices are lowest in a decade, but not for the kinds Washington farmers raise. Those are soaring.," 22 Nov. 2018 The all-day café Maison de Tết Décor occupies an ocher mansion on West Lake; go for sunset drinks on the balcony or Aussie-style breakfasts (grain bowls, eggs from the owners’ farm). Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Will the pomegranates arrive from the farm to the food stall? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Moroccan Rugs Are Made: Weaving With Women in the Atlas Mountains," 19 Nov. 2018 Soon thereafter, German cockroaches were discovered that were fully resistant to DDT, which for a time was promoted by the federal government for use on farms and in households. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 There are even baby goats just like on the Gaines' real farm! Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' New Dollhouse Will Be Target's Most Popular Christmas Gift This Year," 1 Nov. 2018 Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Mountain View farm in Dubbo, Australia, which is run by the Woodley family. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Baked Homemade Banana Bread For a Farming Family in Australia," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In some areas, land prices are rising in part thanks to low interest rates and because some farming families are looking for additional land to support their children. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018 Today, the jungle has reclaimed most of the land once farmed by the Maya, and many of their cities now lie hidden beneath dense foliage. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 Jerry and Carlos Medina grew up poor in the Philippines, in a farming family with a dozen children. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A brother’s long, lonely fight to solve the city of Kodiak’s only unsolved murder," 2 May 2018 Benjamin Banneker, a free and self-educated African-American man born in 1731, spent his life farming, studying mathematics and publishing six almanacs. Cody Boteler,, "Banneker Historical Park and Museum to host annual 'Colonial Market Fair'," 8 June 2018 Poway High School is the only school in the Poway Unified School District that offers an agriculture career pathway and the classes offered are more than just farming and ranching, said Martineau. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Parent outcry helps save PHS agriculture classes from cuts," 23 May 2018 Carter's turnaround is surprising considering his family once farmed meat chickens and later ran a barbecue business. Debbi Snook,, "Why former NFL lineman David Carter switched to a completely plant-based diet (photos, recipe)," 2 May 2018 According to Yin and Kruoch, there is a misconception that this farming community - with its mixture of paved and gravel roads, and brick and mobile homes - is trapped by circumstance. Y.c. Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Immigrant farmers in Rosharon-area community turn to land to recover after storm," 16 Mar. 2018 But in 2016, the assessor suspected the Ogdens weren't really farming and changed it back to residential. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homeowner's tax assessment will drop $800,000 after court deems backyard trees agriculture," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of farm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of land used for growing crops or raising animals

: an area of water where fish, oysters, etc., are raised



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

: to use land for growing food or raising animals


\ˈfärm \

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

Other Words from farm

farmer noun

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