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har·​vest ˈhär-vəst How to pronounce harvest (audio)
often attributive
: the season for gathering in agricultural crops
the beginning of the harvest
: the act or process of gathering in a crop
assisting neighbors in their harvest
: a mature crop (as of grain or fruit) : yield
bountiful harvests
: the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season
the salmon harvest
timber harvests
: an accumulated store or productive result
a harvest of revenue


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harvested; harvesting; harvests

transitive verb

: to gather in (a crop) : reap
harvesting corn
: to gather, catch, hunt, or kill (salmon, oysters, deer, etc.) for human use, sport, or population control
: 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
: to accumulate a store of
has now harvested this new generation's scholarly laborsM. J. Wiener
: 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 harvestingPearl Buck
harvestable adjective
harvester noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Planting clover or another crop after harvest will help your soil regain nutrients and keep it safe from the winter sun. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2024 Douglas Keane, Cyrus’ owner and chef, highlights the local harvest by working with small farms and purveyors to source his ingredients. Christine Chitnis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2024
On June 5, the organization issued an alert that some oysters, bay clams, and other shellfish harvested in Oregon and Washington might contain a neurotoxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), a potentially life-threatening illness. Caroline Tien, SELF, 11 June 2024 The total global volume of fish, shrimp, clams and other aquatic animals that are harvested by farming has topped the amount fished in the wild from the world’s waters for the first time ever, the United Nations reported Friday. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for harvest 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


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


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Harvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
har·​vest ˈhär-vəst How to pronounce harvest (audio)
: the season when crops are gathered
: the gathering of a crop
: a ripe crop (as of grain or fruit)
also : the quantity of a crop gathered in a single season


2 of 2 verb
: to gather in a crop : reap
: to gather as if by harvesting
harvest timber

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