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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Powell, who was already familiar with Internationals on his grandfather’s farm, put in a new fuel pump and brakes and rebuilt the carburetor and water pump. Carrie Napoleon,, "Ice truck given to Cedar Lake Historical Society: ‘We have our history on wheels’," 26 Oct. 2020 Introducing parity pricing for farm commodities, whereby farmers could be guaranteed a price for their products that includes the cost of ecological management, could transform the state’s agriculture. Nikil Saval, The New Republic, "The Future of the Democratic Party Is in Pennsylvania," 26 Oct. 2020 The Lucy Burns Museum features statues of Burns and Paul that visitors can pose with, farm implements from the prison’s agriculture program and objects like shivs that attest to the violence of the criminal justice system. Alli Hartley-kong, Smithsonian Magazine, "Radical Protests Propelled the Suffrage Movement. Here’s How a New Museum Captures That History," 26 Oct. 2020 The 2018 farm bill then created a federal hemp program that allows states and tribes to oversee production. oregonlive, "Oregon’s hemp boom bets big on CBD," 24 Oct. 2020 Animal Crossing is a hugely popular video game, designed by Nintendo and exclusive to the Switch platform, in which players farm, gather items, and build island homesteads. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Here’s how to find ‘Animal Crossing’s’ best turnip prices ever," 23 Oct. 2020 When Mendoza traveled to Honduras in 2019, she was given the opportunity to visit a coffee farm in the mountains of Copan. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Meet the East End barista changing the landscape of coffee one cold brew at a time," 23 Oct. 2020 The church partners with a farm located on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico that employs local Native Americans., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 23 Oct. 2020 There are mountain bike trails, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and a 173-acre horse farm, and clubs for shooting and racquet sports, from tennis and bocce to croquet. Jessica Dailey, Town & Country, "South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff Makes Everyday Life Feel Like Vacation," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to the indoor winter market website, the market will have vendors who create or farm their products. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After extending the Sussex Fresh Market season, the organizers announced dates for the Village of Sussex Indoor Winter Market," 6 Oct. 2020 At a later point, Firas, my colleague in Gaza, explained that farmers continue to farm their agricultural fields located in the no-go zone with significant risks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: My first impressions at the Erez Crossing after a lifetime crossing the U.S.-Mexico border," 23 Sep. 2020 Tullow had planned to farm down its stake in the project to around 30% in the first half of this year. David Herbling,, "Tullow Reviewing Kenya Operations After Suspended Stake Sale," 22 Sep. 2020 The Rensselaer senior offensive tackle, a junior all-state selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association last season, helps farm about 3,000 acres. Mike Hutton,, "Countdown to football: Max Korniak-led Rensselaer ranked No. 9 in the preseason by the Post-Tribune," 12 Aug. 2020 The owners farm a substantial ranch near Hopland in Mendocino County, and all of the wines are made from sustainable, organic or biodynamic grapes. Tim Teichgraeber And Sara Schneider,, "Campovida: Mediterranean-style wines in a picture-perfect setting," 10 Aug. 2020 The family, like several others in the region, chose not to farm the following year. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gold King mine spill left linger troubles on Navajo Nation," 8 Aug. 2020 In a way, how a dream to farm the open oceans clashes with shifting values on land is embodied by her work. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Deep-water fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico: Who benefits?," 31 Aug. 2020 Where there are only eight growers in the state licensed to farm medical-grade marijuana, there are roughly 12 farms in Cache Valley that received permits to grow hemp. Kat Webb,, "University researchers debunk myths to find optimal hemp growth," 7 Aug. 2020

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

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29 Oct 2020

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“Farm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce farm (audio)

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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