harvest

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

Essential Meaning of harvest

1 : the season when crops are gathered from the fields or the activity of gathering crops The beginning of the harvest varies from year to year. It is time for the harvest. harvest time
2 : the amount of crops that are gathered They prayed for a bountiful harvest. We had enormous harvests of corn this year. also : the amount of a natural product gathered in a single season the salmon/timber harvest

Full 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

Other Words from harvest

Verb

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

Synonyms for harvest

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The menu features smoothies, harvest bowls, oven-ready dishes, flatbreads, soups, vegan ice cream, and more. Bridget Degnan, PEOPLE.com, 13 Jan. 2022 The study about the eating habits of the harvest mice was conducted at Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The company issued the voluntary recall notification after testing harvest equipment for the raw iceberg lettuce. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Jan. 2022 Caterpillars are controlled in the garden before harvest with one of two natural controls. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Jan. 2022 In his response to Sholly, the governor said Montana protects against overhunting through rules adopted by the wildlife commission, which can review hunting seasons if harvest levels top a certain threshold. Matthew Brown, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 In his response to Sholly, the governor said Montana protects against overhunting through rules adopted by the wildlife commission, which can review hunting seasons if harvest levels top a certain threshold. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 The monthly index eased slightly in December but had climbed for the previous four months in a row, reflecting harvest setbacks and strong demand over the past year. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 In his response to Sholly, the governor said Montana protects against overhunting through rules adopted by the wildlife commission, which can review hunting seasons if harvest levels top a certain threshold. Matthew Brown, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This Central Valley outpost is one of the most fertile places on Earth, attracting thousands of seasonal laborers to harvest lettuce and reaping windfalls for big agribusiness. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 More precisely, his goal is to get the pastors present to harvest the votes. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 And of the kelp industry that, until the early 20th century, saw locals toiling in grim conditions to harvest seaweed used in glass and soap production. Barry Neild, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 To harvest big trees more easily, however, the government had to build roads across Prince of Wales. Arkansas Online, 2 Jan. 2022 To harvest big trees more easily, however, the government had to build roads across Prince of Wales. Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 The theoretical device, covered in solar panels and mirrors, could wrap around a solar system’s largest star to harvest its energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 Dec. 2021 Carl said he’s not been told directly about any company wanting to harvest the trees and said any proposal to do so would have to go before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. al, 8 Dec. 2021 Media reports at the time detailed a drone strike by U.S.-led Afghan government forces in the Nangarhar province, where Eric was stationed, that killed about 30 civilians who had gathered to harvest pine nuts. jsonline.com, 18 Nov. 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Harvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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