farm·​ing | \ˈfär-miŋ \

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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That said, Sacramento's Broome is convinced that pushing job training opportunities to include tech skills is helpful because of the ways the digital revolution is disrupting everything from retail to distribution to farming. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon second headquarters contest jumpstarts languishing transit, education projects," 29 June 2018 None of the proposals supported by congressional leadership target the payments going to the nearly 28,000 farming families who have been collecting for decades. Evan Halper,, "Farm bill targets food stamps — but not the well-off farmers who have been on the dole for decades," 6 June 2018 Another 58 million acres is expected to be passed down through farming families. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, "Development transforms US rural landscape, pricing out farmers," 16 May 2018 There are two main sections: One ropes through residential neighborhoods with a decidedly more party-feel, while the other heads to the agriculture zone, still dedicated to farming. Scarlett Lindeman, Bon Appetit, "The Best Healthy Restaurants in Mexico City," 28 Mar. 2018 But the family ended up turning to farming and then opening a grocery story. Tom Roddy, Newsweek, "Larry Kwong: Trailblazing NHL Star Who Broke Hockey's Color Barrier Dies Aged 94," 20 Mar. 2018 That same hush pervades this leisurely drama about a French farming family during World War I, with Nathalie Baye in a decidedly unglamorous role as the beleaguered matriarch. Chicago Reader, "More than 60 new features premiere locally at the European Union Film Festival," 7 Mar. 2018 The Haitian government would like to reduce the population of the Port-au-Prince area, which had ballooned to 3 million, a third of the nation's people, and return many to rural farming. Mark Curnutte,, "From the archives: Reaching out to Haiti, coverage of 2010 earthquake," 13 Jan. 2018 The farming industry was one that stood to gain most from the TPP, as negotiated by the Obama administration. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Donald Trump is not a very good global economic chess player," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of farming

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farming was in 1659

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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