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

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 In Hood River, Oregon, the Hiyu Wine Farmoffered paid seasonal residencies to two BIPOC interns who lived and worked at the poly-agricultural farm with its adjacent restaurant. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, "Keeping Black Wine Professionals Up Front And Center," 1 Mar. 2021 The chemicals could enter the food in many places along the supply chain, including at the farm, where flexible plastic tubes carry milk from the barn, or in the making of the cardboard container that holds the noodles. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals From Its Mac and Cheese," 19 Feb. 2021 At the Struthoffs’ farm, 6-year-old cow Spicey has the longest horns of the herd with 98 inches from tip to tip. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "All you need to know about legendary longhorns, true Texas icons," 18 Feb. 2021 Stone Bank Farm is offering a farm-fresh, three-course take-home dinner for two, with heating and plating instructions, a canape and chocolate mousse dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 things to know in Milwaukee food and drink news this week," 8 Feb. 2021 This Valentine's Day, surprise your sweetheart with farm-fresh roses delivered straight to their door for under $40. NOLA.com, "Pet of the Week," 6 Feb. 2021 Bouqs offers sustainably grown, farm-fresh flowers delivered on your schedule. oregonlive, "Zooming with the family over the holidays? Style your room with impressive books, plants, collectibles on sale," 12 Dec. 2020 Frozen foods might be the stepchild of the culinary world these days, with the attention paid to a farm-fresh approach. Marc Bona, cleveland, "45 cooking, beer, wine, recipe books – 2020 holiday gift guide," 7 Dec. 2020 Gift farm-fresh flowers for a fraction of the price now through December 5. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "55 Best Cyber Monday Deals 2020 You Can Still Shop Right Now," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Some of those most essential to society in a pandemic — the temporary foreign workers who farm our land, those stocking our shelves at the grocery store making minimum wage — have the least secure standing in our society. Sadiya Ansari, refinery29.com, "This Is The Super Power Of The Second Generation," 17 Nov. 2020 Wôpanâak, anglicized as Wampanoag, is the language of the people who welcomed the Pilgrims and taught them how to farm in the harsh New England climate. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reclaims its language," 19 Nov. 2020 The Wampanoag showed the Pilgrims how to farm New England’s thin soil and also traded furs the Pilgrims desperately needed in order to pay their creditors back in London. Scott Eisen, National Geographic, "400 years on, the Pilgrims get a reality check," 11 Nov. 2020 Residents during the curfews could farm, tend to livestock and exercise outdoors within five miles of their homes, the order stated. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation orders more weekend curfews as tribe sees 2nd COVID-19 wave," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for farm

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The first known use of farm was in the 14th century

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4 Mar 2021

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“Farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farm. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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