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

The commission on July 9 voted 5-1, with Commissioner Dan Rohaley absent, to deny the 212-lot subdivision planned for the former Fricke farm at the southwest corner of 109th Avenue and Iowa Street. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Traffic concerns put up new roadblock for planned 212-lot Crown Point subdivision," 13 July 2018 Sometimes after training, Lindley lingers by the horse farm near the training grounds at Sylvan Lake Park to watch the horses gallop around. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City midfielder Cam Lindley called up for 2018 MLS Homegrown Game," 12 July 2018 In the mid-1970s, the average American dairy farm had about 25 cows. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 The topics are as follows: Turtles and tortoises, small mammals, snakes and lizards, farm animals, birds and wildlife. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 July 2018 Beautiful hikes down winding river-beds, blackberry iced teas next to sprawling mountain views, and a cuddle with every farm animal in sight. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Inside Harley Viera-Newton’s Dreamy Summer Trip to Blackberry Farm," 10 July 2018 Investigators in Walton County want to find the person who stole a farm animal worth $10,000. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "2,000-pound bull worth $10K stolen in Walton County," 3 July 2018 Unsurprisingly, women took exception to being treated like farm animals. The Economist, "South Korea’s fertility rate is the lowest in the world," 28 June 2018 The book Little Red Hen weaves a tale of the virtues of hard work through plastic farm animals, two plastic eggs, a bread pan with beater and bowl. Houston Chronicle, "Storybooks come to life through special bond between Girl Scout and HCDE occupational therapist assistant," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

John Kappelman, an anthropologist and geologist at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the paper’s referees, points out that the deepest—and so oldest—layers at the site are currently inaccessible because the region is actively farmed. Colin Barras, Scientific American, "Tools from China are Oldest Hint of Human Lineage Outside Africa," 11 July 2018 In this spiraling conflict, farming communities have been encouraged by senior figures such as former army chief Theophilus Danjuma to protect themselves. Dulue Mbachu,, "Qaddafi Regime's Legacy Fuels Violence in West Africa," 23 May 2018 The machine, made by farming machinery company Sakakibara Kikai, stands 8.5 meters tall and weighs more than seven metric tons. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "In Case You Missed It," 13 July 2018 No doubt, even some of the hardiest can’t take the never-ending uncertainties about farming life. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 Crop One Holdings, a San Jose, Calif., farming company seeking to upend the industry with hydroponics and space-efficient growing, was approved Monday to purchase a Homestead Avenue property for $250,000 that has stood blighted and vacant for years. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Council Approves Sale Of Blighted North End Property, Tax Agreement For Hydroponics Company," 10 July 2018 At that point, farming at the property ceased; Epstein was an antiques dealer who owned a shop on Blue Hill Avenue. Marek Mazurek,, "Seeds of the past grow into farm of the future," 6 July 2018 Key foreign imports affected by the American tariffs: • Farming equipment: The American tariffs on Chinese goods affect various forms of farming machinery. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How President Trump's Chinese tariffs affect American consumers," 6 July 2018 Most of them have the goal of eventually farming full time. Sarah Meehan, Washington Post, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 30 June 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

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