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 Along with working on the farm, where the family raised much of their food, Sylvester was a heavy machinery operator in construction during the Great Depression., "While records about surviving US veterans of the Pearl Harbor attacks are not comprehensive, a historian with the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors organization said there might be at least a couple of others in Massachusetts.," 11 Nov. 2019 Driving straight up to the Amish farms would have been the wrong approach, Carey felt. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The New Front Line of the Anti-Abortion Movement," 11 Nov. 2019 Oren Levy and the farm fought back with posts of their own. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp," 10 Nov. 2019 We were told that the farm had no roads connecting it to civilization until 1960. Lori Swanson, Twin Cities, "My mother says she’s British. Her DNA says Scandinavian. So we went to check out the beautiful homeland," 10 Nov. 2019 Oren Levy and the farm fought back with posts of their own. Michael R. Sisak,, "The NYPD boasted about seizing marijuana on Facebook. The owner says it’s legal hemp. The cops arrested him.," 9 Nov. 2019 Instead, Ehlers claims, many of the farms that produce the milk and cream are factory-style, mass production dairy operations. CBS News, "Ben & Jerry's sued for misleading consumers with "happy cows" characterization," 8 Nov. 2019 That is allowed as long as the solar farm is the sole source for charging the battery. New York Times, "Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina," 8 Nov. 2019 To make matters worse, Google Maps fails somewhere between the farm stands advertising freshly picked Swiss chard and late-season strawberries. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His mother, Eunice (Thornton) Jenkins, was a homemaker, and his father, Herbert, sold tractors for International Harvester while also farming cotton, corn and tobacco. New York Times, "Ray Jenkins, Newspaperman Who Covered Civil Rights Era, Dies at 89," 6 Nov. 2019 Evers and farming groups called for the Senate to keep Pfaff on the job amid a crisis gripping the state's dairy industry. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers blasts GOP firing of ag secretary as 'political BS'," 5 Nov. 2019 There needs to be greater institutional infrastructure, like providing insurance for carbon farming crops, increasing cover crop seed availability and making sure more farmers understand how to do environmental practices. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Can farmers sow their way out of climate change?," 5 Nov. 2019 The following spring, our neighbors moved to Minneapolis after farming for one year. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: “I found this $10 bill in the snow by your driveway. You must have dropped it.”," 3 Nov. 2019 Next year the historic home on Metcalf Road will celebrate 300 years, and the history of this founding family that occupied the home and farmed the land since 1720 and for six generations will come into sharper focus. Annie Gentile,, "Ghost Stories Live On In Historic Home," 31 Oct. 2019 Witte said more farmers joined the program than the department initially anticipated, including some who are new to farming entirely., "Hope and headaches for hemp in New Mexico," 30 Oct. 2019 The United States Census of Agriculture shows that Asian Americans made up less than 1 percent of the farming population in the United States in 2017. Allison Park, NBC News, "Young Asian Americans turn to farming as a means of cultural reclamation," 28 Oct. 2019 Last spring, Boulder County Parks and Open Space and Colorado State University teamed up to design a carbon farming experiment on the 120-acre Campbell & Quicksilver Farm outside of Longmont. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Boulder County’s carbon sequestration project reports limited impact in first year," 27 Oct. 2019

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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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How to pronounce farm (audio)

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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farmer noun

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