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

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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

Chefs will prepare seasonal, farm-to-table selections daily. Peter Marteka,, "New assisted living community coming to Evergreen Walk in South Windsor," 16 Sep. 2019 The region is filling up with new restaurants, from a biscuit cafe in Pismo Beach to an incredible marketplace with farm-to-table dining in SLO. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast: 5 great new San Luis Obispo County restaurants," 15 Sep. 2019 The project was rebranded by Concordia to take advantage of the popular farm-to-table trend and honor Escondido’s agriculture history. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Harvest Hills hearings likely to be held early next year," 13 Sep. 2019 The 10-day festival also included a farm-to-table dinner leading into an evening concert. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New music director Ken-David Masur begins Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's big year of transition," 4 Sep. 2019 Nibert soon found out the lambs were part of Antioch College’s farm-to-table dining program. Keith Bierygolick,, "Save the lambs: ‘Most hated man in Yellow Springs’ fights to keep Ohio college from killing animals," 28 Aug. 2019 The full group reconvened the following afternoon in Amagansett at farm-to-table hotspot Rosie’s, where womenswear newcomer Black Iris debuted their Saks-exclusive wares. Vogue, "Sara and Erin Foster Hosted a Sun-Drenched Beach Weekend with Bumble BFF & Saks Fifth Avenue," 26 Aug. 2019 Sheldon Chalet and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge are both five-star properties that serve up farm-to-table produce, fresh Alaskan oysters and fish, and top shelf champagne despite their far-flung locations. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 But two of the city’s top farm-to-table restaurants also offer family-style tasting menus that provide a complete picture of Canadian Pacific Northwest cuisine in a way that is worth forgoing individual service. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Their soils are being degraded because they are farmed too intensively, and often using damaging practices. The Economist, "Climate change is making it harder to reduce poverty in Malawi," 16 Sep. 2019 Craig Underwood, 76, a fourth-generation farmer tends land across Ventura County (where his family has farmed since 1867), with produce stands and U-pick fields in Moorpark and Somis. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Farmers Market Guide: Cherry Bomb peppers aren’t as explosive as you’d think," 14 Sep. 2019 Around Bordeaux, for example, families seeking space have moved in droves onto what used to be farmed lands, building homes amid vineyards., "PARIS — When tractors laden with pesticides and other chemicals start spraying the vineyards that produce fruity Bordeaux wines, Marie-Lys Bibeyran’s phone starts to ring.," 12 Sep. 2019 Around Bordeaux, for example, families seeking space have moved in droves onto what used to be farmed lands, building homes amid vineyards. Washington Post, "No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors," 12 Sep. 2019 The company farms more than 50,000 acres of organic land where animals are pasture-fed and humanely raised. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 Harris' family has farmed their land for more than 150 years. Edvige Jean-françois, CNN, "Could fake meat burgers make cows obsolete?," 22 Aug. 2019 The Wine Spot will host importer Ryan Stotz of JP Bourgeois, which focuses on affordable, sustainably farmed, organic French and Eastern European wines. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Cowell & Hubbard opera-wine dinner, The Wine Spot holiday tasting, more," 20 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the process in which plant ingredients in your natural beauty products are farmed can affect local communities and ecosystems, as well as the product’s overall carbon footprint. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Problem with Beauty Packaging," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 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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farmer noun

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