farm·​ing ˈfär-miŋ How to pronounce farming (audio)
: the practice of agriculture or aquaculture

Examples of farming in a Sentence

since an ancestor settled there in the 19th century, farming has been the only occupation for six generations of the family
Recent Examples on the Web This credit is only available for off-highway business and farming use. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 The foundation is built on the regenerative farming movement, which includes practices to battle climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring soil biodiversity. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 From disrupting traditional farming practices to redefining meat, Irving Fain, Peter McGuinness, and Seth Goldman are changing the landscape of food production through innovation and sustainability. Heather Wishart-Smith, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Holthaus talked with us during a busy week between the World Championship Cheese Contest, caring for grandkids, and a drive to Illinois to pick up farming equipment. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 Beverly Wight Smith has seen a lifetime of Maine mud seasons in this former farming town. Ashley Milne-Tyte, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Mar. 2024 At its peak, more than a dozen people lived for free on the compound, most of whom were collecting a $2,000-a-month stipend from Chambers for their work there, which included farming, raising livestock, and political study. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2024 There’s less farming land available, and a few changes to initial quests. Nena Farrell, WIRED, 22 Mar. 2024 From a small corn-belt farming community in Iowa, Gear graduated from Belmont University in Nashville before beginning his career in the music and licensing department at CMT. Thania Garcia, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farming was in 1642

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“Farming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the occupation or business of a person who farms

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