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 The arrangement consists of farm-fresh gerbera daisies, Peruvian lilies, and roses in shades of white, red, and pink. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Easter Flower Arrangements to Elevate Your Table Setting—Starting at $26," 31 Mar. 2021 In past years, Easter weekend used to be one of the biggest weekends for the farm, which opened in September 2002. Katie V. Jones,, "What’s ‘hoppening’? Easter egg hunts kick off spring season in Howard County.," 31 Mar. 2021 This isn’t so much a cheeseburger as a double-decker Trojan Horse: The burger gets invited in, only for the farm-fresh salads and seasonal lemonades to invade your taste buds. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s 14 best smash burgers, reviewed and ranked," 30 Mar. 2021 An urban farm in Roseville, R&R supplies mushrooms to local co-ops and Lunds & Byerlys. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The more mushrooms the merrier in this versatile medley," 17 Mar. 2021 With an estimated cost of $200 million, the ambitious renovation plan includes a 5-star hotel, villas, a farm and vineyard, a spa, a sports complex, an artificial lake, a larger harbor to accommodate more yachts, an amphitheater, and a helipad. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Aristotle Onassis's Private Island Will Become a Luxury Resort," 16 Mar. 2021 If a farm, landfill or sewage plant cannot readily use the gas to make electricity or is not next to a gas grid, the biomethane might need to be liquefied and trucked to another location, reducing the carbon payoff. Michael E. Webber, Scientific American, "Can Natural Gas Be Part of a Low-Carbon Future?," 15 Mar. 2021 Arson detectives responded to the Arlington farm, about an hour west of Phoenix, the day of the fire, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Arson detectives investigating fire at Hickman's Family Farms that killed 165,000 hens," 9 Mar. 2021 An amiable beekeeper named Ted McFall provides a gruesome look at what happened to his honeybee hives when the hornets showed up in his Whatcom County, Washington, bee farm: wholesale slaughter. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While legal scholars and government authorities debated the case, some settlers were forced to pay rents to the original owners or continue to farm on plots technically owned by people in North Korea. New York Times, "The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded," 12 Jan. 2021 That sort of maneuver is happening throughout California right now, said Jeff Bitter, president of Allied Grape Growers, a cooperative of 450 growers who collectively farm 40,000 acres. Esther Mobley,, "California's wineries tossed into chaos with backlogged tests for smoke taint," 23 Sep. 2020 At the Valala Farms research center, scientists, biodiversity specialists and entomologists are working together to identify the most promising edible insects for each climatic region, and figuring out how to farm them at scale. Aryn Baker, Time, "They're Healthy. They're Sustainable. So Why Don't Humans Eat More Bugs?," 26 Feb. 2021 Decisions about how, when and what to farm remain highly underoptimized and imprecise today. Rob Toews, Forbes, "A Wave Of Billion-Dollar Computer Vision Startups Is Coming," 1 Mar. 2021 The Daleys currently farm on 3,500 acres and employ only two dozen people. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Winona County dairy farm dispute, Norman Borlaug's legacy, Electoral College origins, 'follow the science'," 27 Dec. 2020 For centuries the vast majority of the land has been impossible to farm; only the southernmost stretches along the Chinese and Mongolian borders, including around Dimitrovo, have been temperate enough to offer workable soil. Sergey Ponomarev, ProPublica, "The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World," 16 Dec. 2020 For centuries the vast majority of the land has been impossible to farm; only the southernmost stretches along the Chinese and Mongolian borders, including around Dimitrovo, have been temperate enough to offer workable soil. New York Times, "How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis," 16 Dec. 2020 Book and his brother would farm in the spring and summer, selling their produce to the Thompson family. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Christmas tree lot tradition continues after longtime owner's death," 26 Nov. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Farm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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

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