farm

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
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
5
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

farmed; farming; farms

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
4
a
: 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

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
Steve Black, president of the Sugarloaf Alliance, lives on a farm close by the Quantum Loophole campus, where Aligned was planning its Frederick County data center. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Industrial poultry farms put male chicks in giant metal grinders. Hazlitt, 14 Feb. 2024 Twenty minutes from town, sustainably minded Lake Hawea Station has a range of luxury cottages and villas set across a regenerative farm where kunekune pigs wander between swimming lakes and sheep paddocks. Lauren Quaintance, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2024 This month, India’s government held two rounds of talks with farm union leaders, primarily from the north Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, on several demands raised by them. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The sector has been flooded with years-long issues like high debt, farm loans, price volatility and with damage to crops from climate change. Nayla Razzouk, Fortune Europe, 13 Feb. 2024 Most of the migrants fled in different directions on the farm. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 In that context, Stewart was hopping on a snowplow at 4 a.m. to clear the snowfall from her New York farm. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Former employees have alleged The Messenger was set up as a content-aggregation farm, with staffers expected to post a high volume of content to fuel website traffic — which didn’t materialize as expected, leading to a critical cash crunch. Todd Spangler, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Herman Abdullah, whose family has farmed nutmeg for generations, hiked up the hill above the village one recent day to harvest the fruit, similar in size to a large apricot. Muktita Suhartono Nyimas Laula, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Then pollution, much from industry but some from farming itself, also started to play tricks on them over the past few decades. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 While most cows farmed in the US spend their first year or more on pasture, the majority are confined in concentrated animal feeding operations for the final six months of their lives. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 When Allen started farming, there were probably twice as many farmers. Michael Adno, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2024 Bottles with copper lettering on their labels contain single clone, single block selections that are farmed to produce only half the yield of other blocks. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2024 Nationwide, pastures cover about 395 million acres, but 63% of them are degraded, according to data cited by the government, severely limiting the land’s productivity, whether for ranching or grains farming. Andre Cabette Fabio, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2023 To make seaweed farming more feasible, Running Tide is going with a modular approach. Saima May Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Jan. 2024 The third thread is composed of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, which farms 73,000 acres, belongs to 43 growers, and sells its raw sugar to ASR. Michael Adno, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of farm was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farm. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

farm

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a piece of land used for growing crops or raising livestock
b
: a body of water used for the cultivation of aquatic animals
an oyster farm
2
: a minor-league baseball team

farm

2 of 2 verb
1
: to turn over to another usually for an agreed payment
usually used with out
farm out the electrical work
2
a
: to devote to agriculture
farm 60 acres
b
: to engage in raising crops or animals

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