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harvest

noun, often attributive har·vest \ ˈhär-vəst \

Definition of harvest

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
3 a :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

Examples of harvest in a Sentence

  1. The beginning of the harvest varies from year to year.

  2. It is time for the harvest.

  3. They prayed for a bountiful harvest.

  4. We had enormous harvests of corn this year.

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Origin and Etymology of harvest

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

harvest Synonyms

Synonyms
crop
Related Words
return, yield; cut, cutting

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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harvest

verb

Definition of harvest

transitive verb
1 a :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 1culture 6) or from a living or recently deceased body especially for transplanting
2 a :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

harvestable

play \ˈhär-və-stə-bəl\ adjective

harvester

noun

Examples of harvest in a Sentence

  1. It is time to harvest the wheat.

  2. They want to harvest timber in these woods.

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Origin and Etymology of harvest

harvest Synonyms

Synonyms
gather, pick, reap
Related Words
clam, fish, seal, shrimp, whale; accumulate, forage, garner; glean; cut, hay, mow; bag, capture, hunt, net, snare, trap; crop, grow, raise
Near Antonyms
plant, seed, sow

HARVEST Defined for English Language Learners

harvest

noun

Definition of harvest for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of harvest for English Language Learners

  • : to gather (a crop)

  • : to gather or collect (something) for use


HARVEST Defined for Kids

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harvest

noun har·vest \ ˈhär-vəst \

Definition of harvest for Students

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

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harvest

verb

Definition of harvest for Students

harvested; harvesting
1 :to gather in a crop
2 :to gather or collect for use
  • harvest timber


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