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

Assessor Dave Thomas says the average for farms reporting elk damage was $13,000. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 Three people have been charged with animal cruelty after the release of video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at Fair Oaks Farms, a northwest Indiana dairy farm that's an agritourism destination. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Lightfoot downplays police union rumor she repeated, Obama Center's fate on the line and other things to know to start your day," 11 June 2019 Most of the boys come from farms or villages in Senegal, but some are also trafficked from the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 11 June 2019 Two new salmon farms are in the approvals process in the state., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 10 June 2019 Families from the Midwest were moved up to the Matanuska Valley to start farms as part of a federal government program. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: Musk Ox Farm lifts roof off its Colony-era visitor center," 10 June 2019 And farm tours bring with them their own tiny risks. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Beto’s Bet on Iowa," 9 June 2019 Beijing has counterpunched by targeting $110 billion worth of American products, focusing on farm goods such as soybeans in a deliberate effort to inflict pain on Trump supporters in the U.S. heartland. NBC News, "With Mexico deal done, U.S. urges China to resume trade talks," 8 June 2019 Everywhere spokesman Matt Johnson said Sawhney is an associate of the group from Berkeley who also faces felony charges in California for actions involving poultry farms. Fox News, "Animal rights activist facing felonies in Jeff Bezos protest," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The crash occurred in Algansee Township, a farming community near the Ohio and Indiana state lines. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Three kids killed after truck crashes into Amish horse-drawn carriage," 9 June 2019 Local or regional chiefs ruled these farming tribes. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This 2,400-year-old bark shield took a beating in an Iron Age fight," 31 May 2019 Nielsen, 28, pointed to the farming community connections as a major benefit of the program. Sarah Meehan, Washington Post, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 30 June 2018 Nielsen, 28, pointed to the farming community connections as a major benefit of the program. Sarah Meehan,, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 28 June 2018 Scientists have long suspected that Danube foragers and their farming neighbors gathered at Lepenski Vir to exchange stories and ideas, and probably to find mates. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 For the preservation of land and farming operations that will continue and be passed on to future generations and stay operating. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Town Purchases Development Rights Of South Glastonbury's Rose's Berry Farm," 6 June 2018 This film festival explores the wonders of planet Earth’s flora and fauna, and delves into the topics ranging from the vast challenge of climate change to the growth of community farming right here in Philadelphia., "Jerry Seinfeld, Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and other great happenings in Philadelphia," 4 Apr. 2018 Over time Hahn Family Wines acquired more properties, now farming 1,100 acres, 650 of which are in the Santa Lucia Highlands — about 10 percent of the total AVA. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nicky Hahn, Central Coast wine pioneer, dies at 81," 8 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 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

Other Words from farm

farmer noun

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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