farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ How to pronounce farming (audio) \

Definition of farming

: the practice of agriculture or aquaculture

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Synonyms for farming


agriculture, husbandry

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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

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As a result, farmers here are ready to take advantage of the crop’s rise as tobacco farming falls out of favor. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Finally, a permanent end to factory farming is likely going to require superb meat substitute products. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Amu was initially drawn to farming as a way to heal herself. Jen Maylack, Vogue, "A Farm—and School of Fish!—Grows in Bushwick Thanks to One Woman’s Vision," 28 Sep. 2018 Abbey Fenbert's new play, Sickle, attempts to engage the Holodomor at an intimate level by focusing on a single Ukrainian farming village. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The new Holodomor drama Sickle isn't sharp enough to draw much blood," 12 July 2018 Considering that commercial farming is responsible for 70 percent of the water used in the world, these products are truly a low-impact way to glow. Megan Mcintyre, Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "11 New Innovations in Sustainable Beauty from Around the Globe," 18 Apr. 2019 His father sold equipment used in dairy farming, and his mother was a schoolteacher. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Meldrum Helped Found Myriad Genetics to Find Genes Linked to Inherited Cancers," 28 Dec. 2018 Here are just a few: Round silos 1881: Agricultural physicist Franklin H. King develops the round silo that became ubiquitous in modern farming. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Burcham brings more of a business and support services expertise to the project, while Jones has extensive experience in farming. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For these ex-offenders, the road to a better life runs through a farm," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of farming

1659, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of farming

: the job or business of running a farm


farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ\

Kids Definition of farming

: the occupation or business of running a farm

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