harvest

noun, often attributive
har·​vest | \ ˈhär-vəst How to pronounce harvest (audio) \

Definition of harvest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the season for gathering in agricultural crops the beginning of the harvest
2 : the act or process of gathering in a crop assisting neighbors in their harvest
3a : a mature crop (as of grain or fruit) : yield bountiful harvests
b : the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season the salmon harvest timber harvests
4 : an accumulated store or productive result a harvest of revenue

harvest

verb
harvested; harvesting; harvests

Definition of harvest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to gather in (a crop) : reap harvesting corn
b : to gather, catch, hunt, or kill (salmon, oysters, deer, etc.) for human use, sport, or population control
c : to remove or extract (something, such as living cells, tissues, or organs) from culture (see culture entry 1 sense 3) or from a living or recently deceased body especially for transplanting
2a : to accumulate a store of has now harvested this new generation's scholarly labors— M. J. Wiener
b : to win by achievement the team harvested several awards

intransitive verb

: to gather in a crop especially for food sold it standing in the field to save himself the trouble of harvesting— Pearl Buck

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Other Words from harvest

Verb

harvestable \ ˈhär-​və-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce harvestable (audio) \ adjective
harvester noun

Synonyms for harvest

Synonyms: Noun

crop

Synonyms: Verb

gather, pick, reap

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Examples of harvest in a Sentence

Noun

The beginning of the harvest varies from year to year. It is time for the harvest. They prayed for a bountiful harvest. We had enormous harvests of corn this year.

Verb

It is time to harvest the wheat. They want to harvest timber in these woods.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Depending on the species, agaves can take anywhere from five to thirty years to be ready for harvest. Gillian Ferguson, latimes.com, "Mezcal For Dummies with Niki Nakazawa, the Oaxaca-based co-founder of Neta," 7 June 2019 Chances appeared good that China would again be their main customer for the July harvest. Lynn Brezosky, ExpressNews.com, "Trade war with China is hitting Texas grain farmers," 6 June 2019 There are treaties in place that guarantee that certain tribes are entitled to take half of the fish available for harvest, but those rules aren't being upheld. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 Newly planted taro won’t be ready for harvest for another year to 14 months. Audrey Mcavoy, BostonGlobe.com, "Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms," 28 May 2018 Newly planted taro won’t be ready for harvest for another year to 14 months. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms," 28 May 2018 In fact, at the 2017 Ruffed Grouse Society National Hunt in Grand Rapids, Minn., hunters set a record low for grouse harvest in the 36-year history of the event. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Regional study will examine the impact of West Nile Virus on ruffed grouse," 23 May 2018 Kayla grew up a subsistence lifestyle, helping with the harvest of wild Caribou, berries, and salmon while spending time with her grandparents, who live at a subsistence camp year-round. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 Next year, though, tariffs on crops like soybeans combined with unexpectedly bounteous harvests will ripple through the prices of most foods—including meat—that these firms buy. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Restaurants Will Feast on Trump’s Tariffs, Just Not Yet," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Engel introduced legislation that would have created a federal labeling system to indicate whether child slaves had been used in growing and harvesting cocoa. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 Engel introduced legislation that would have created a federal labeling system to indicate whether child slaves had been used in growing and harvesting cocoa. Washington Post, "Cocoa’s child laborers," 5 June 2019 According to the University of Illinois, 95% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are harvested in Illinois soil. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "16 Pumpkin Facts That'll Make You Say "Oh My Gourd"," 6 Aug. 2018 The incentive aims to transform some of the city’s roughly 2,000 blighted properties into colorful gardens where local residents will grow and harvest fruits and vegetables on individual plots of land. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego bans marijuana from new urban gardens," 19 June 2018 The rule doesn’t apply to indoor growers — who can harvest up to three times a year instead of once — or those growing medical pot. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Oregon pot growers now must notify officials about harvests," 1 Sep. 2018 Opponents argue that the pipeline risks spills in fragile areas in northern Minnesota, including where American Indians harvest wild rice. Washington Post, "Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project," 28 June 2018 And as has been done for centuries, hunters share out whale meat, with careful attention to elders, like Ms Kanayurak, who cannot harvest their own. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 The program is 100 percent volunteer-driven, led by sportsmen and sportswomen who harvest deer both during regular hunting season and during special off-season cull efforts, which occur when deer become a nuisance to farms or neighborhoods. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Goodwill hunting: How Michigan hunters are helping to feed needy families," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of harvest

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for harvest

Noun and Verb

Middle English hervest, from Old English hærfest; akin to Latin carpere to pluck, gather, Greek karpos fruit

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The first known use of harvest was before the 12th century

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harvest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harvest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the season when crops are gathered from the fields or the activity of gathering crops
: the amount of crops that are gathered also : the amount of a natural product gathered in a single season

harvest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of harvest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather (a crop)
: to gather or collect (something) for use

harvest

noun
har·​vest | \ ˈhär-vəst How to pronounce harvest (audio) \

Kids Definition of harvest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the gathering of a crop
2 : the season when crops are gathered
3 : a ripe crop They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

harvest

verb
harvested; harvesting

Kids Definition of harvest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to gather in a crop
2 : to gather or collect for use harvest timber

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