farm

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)

farm

verb
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

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

Retirement accounts are exempt from the proposal, as is the sale of livestock, farms or timberland. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "House Democrats want capital-gains tax to help pay for $52.6 billion Washington budget plan," 26 Mar. 2019 The Can-Am Outlander DPS 650 is a do-anything 4x4 ATV that can play the role of useful farm implement (towing 1,650 pounds, carrying tools on its dual cargo racks) or 62-horsepower off-road entertainment. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Big Youth ATV Test," 25 Mar. 2019 Vegan options include a rich beetroot broth infused with orange and dill, tasty bites like green and violet olives with hummus and walnut purée, as well as a satisfying range of farm-fresh and hearty salads. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Unlike Christmas tree farms, palm tree farms do not cut down the tree. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Then, there's some unexpected do-overs that only Hallmark could dream up: In Northern Lights of Christmas, a woman starts anew after inheriting an entire reindeer farm. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 The ingredients are sourced almost entirely from local farms in the Southeast, with a focus on sustainable practices. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Each ingredient is sourced right from local farms, with Trejo picking his menu based on what look best and most abundant that day/week/hour. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018 The online shopping mecca plans to offer 7-foot Fraser firs shipped from a North Carolina farm for $115, according to their 2018 holiday lookbook. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Buy Your Real Christmas Tree From Amazon This Year," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thanks to retail’s low margins and the high cost of robots, warehousing has been slow to embrace automation, lagging behind industries like farming and car manufacturing. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever," 15 Oct. 2018 The growth comes in the wake of a series of privacy scandals, from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica breach to Google’s ever-tracking location history, that have made people much more aware of how their data is farmed and exploited by big tech firms. Jon Porter, The Verge, "DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day," 12 Oct. 2018 Even after generations in Texas, many residents in those towns worked, farmed and continued to speak their native tongue amongst themselves. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "German (and Czech) towns are baseball hotbeds," 3 June 2018 Studies have shown that reducing stress in farmed and caught fish, killing them swiftly and efficiently with minimal struggle, improves the quality of the meat that eventually makes it to market. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018 There are also as many as 20 additional structures on the property to house the ranch manager, staff and farming equipment, since the property operates as a for-profit ranch, farming avocado and persimmon. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "California Coast Ranch Linked to Formula One Heavyweight Lists for $110 Million," 13 Feb. 2019 Some could deliver nuclear bombs to farming country. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New laser-equipped drones will take out missile threats against the US," 7 Sep. 2018 So there were no large fields, just smaller parcels of land that were manually farmed. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How They Made All the Blood and Guts of 'Outlaw King'," 9 Nov. 2018 The restaurant will serve only natural wines, which are organically farmed and unfiltered. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Campfire owner plans second restaurant in Carlsbad Village," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of farm

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for farm

Noun

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

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More Definitions for farm

farm

noun

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

farm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of farm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use land for growing food or raising animals

farm

noun
\ 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

farm

verb
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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