farm

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)

farm

verb
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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its sister restaurant, Caliope, is one of the area’s first farm-to-table restaurants. Julia Eskins, Vogue, "Why Panama is the Place to Go in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Each product is free of parabens, dyes, fragrances, and mineral oil, making them truly farm-to-beauty counter. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 The foodie landscape has been maturing as well, drawing on farm-to-table ingredients and seafood from the Pacific. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Deere last month said its world-wide farm-equipment sales would rise just 3% this fiscal year, down from 15% growth in the year that ended in October. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Tractor Sales Stall on Trade Woes in the Farm Belt," 2 Dec. 2018 Those applicants for Ivanka trademarks include farm-equipment manufacturers, asset managers, electronics makers and biotechnology firms. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 This high-tech take on farm-to-table, however, is being built for the cafeteria of a New York City public school in Manhattan. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 The hotel restaurant features farm-to-table ingredients amidst wicker chairs shaped like shells, and Metsavaht's atmospheric black and white photography of Rio's beaches hang on the walls. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Rio de Janeiro Hotel Offers Eco-Chic Vibes–in a City Known for Over-the-Top Glamour," 25 Sep. 2018 The Lucia restaurant is farm-to-table style, and everything from the lobster basil soup to the diver scallops is cooked to perfection. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Weekend Travel Guide: Things to Do In California's Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea," 10 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The government has set its sights on two Nile islands that are home to poor neighborhoods and farming communities, hoping to transform them into luxury housing and business districts. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Egypt razes historical Cairo district, angering residents," 15 Aug. 2018 Many of these border residents have farmed land along the fence for decades, working on ranches their parents owned before them. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "For Texas ranchers living along border fence, talk of an illegal crossing crisis is exaggerated," 1 July 2018 The government responded in late February with a strategic plan to handle the return of the wolves, but their attempt at a solution has inevitably pitted animal rights groups against France’s farming community. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "France's wolves are back. Now, can it protect its farmers?," 4 Apr. 2018 The Agriculture Department was created by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to support the interests of farmers and farming communities—over half the American population at the time. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Poison Squad’ Review: Ever Wonder What’s In It?," 27 Sep. 2018 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, baltimoresun.com, "Banneker Historical Park and Museum to host annual 'Colonial Market Fair'," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of farm

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for farm

Noun

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

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More Definitions for farm

farm

noun

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

farm

verb

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

: to use land for growing food or raising animals

farm

noun
\ 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

farm

verb
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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