harvest

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

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 \ 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

Turmeric takes seven to 10 months from planting to harvest. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 As part of a legacy left by the Soviet Union’s command economy, the cotton harvest remains a defining feature of life for many Uzbeks. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Aims to End Forced Labor in Cotton Fields," 17 Dec. 2018 Collaborating with fine jewelry artisans, Frankel handpicked every single pearl from the most recent Southeast Asian harvest. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Bridal Designer Danielle Frankel’s New Jewelry Collection Is Art You Can Wear," 14 Nov. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The harvest? Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 The artistry of its chef team shines through in inventive dishes that focus on seasonality and are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. Bon Appetit, "D.C.’s Food Scene Is Hot! Here’s All the Spots You Should Explore This Summer," 25 June 2018 On the first day of the annual autumn wine harvest, Vogue took a road trip with Lexus to northern China to meet Gao at her vineyard. Vogue, "Emma Gao’s Mission to Transform Global Perceptions of Winemaking in Her Native China," 3 Dec. 2018 The cranberry harvest lasts six weeks, Robert Cox, a co-author of Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table, told Smithsonian. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 The 2018 harvest was especially rich in flavor, though not particularly high in volume, beekeepers said. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Companies are investing in gigantic wind turbines that can harvest air more efficiently and cheaply. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 Roast or grill whole, or harvest them larger and stuff with rice, meat, and veggies. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 The squash is picked from fields of frothing cosmos; the honey is harvested from bees fed on marigolds; the yak meat is bought from farmers and stirred into warming noodle broths. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The 3- to 9-foot-tall crop grows primarily in South America, and farmers harvest the tiny seeds for consumption. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Quinoa a Grain? 100% Yes, According to Nutritionists," 10 Dec. 2018 The presence of vanillin and 4-hydroxbenzaldehyde also isn’t enough to reveal exactly where in the world vanilla was being harvested at the time, how it was used, or what eventually happened to the crop. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Melipona Honey The ancient Mayans were experts at cultivating this rare honey, which is only harvested once a year from the hives of stingless bees. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Ancient Rituals Should Be Your New Go-To Beauty Treatments," 15 Oct. 2018 As a result, timber harvested from federal lands has declined 80%, while acreage destroyed by fire has increased proportionally. Tom Mcclintock, WSJ, "Only Good Management Can Prevent Forest Fires," 17 Dec. 2018 There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Food safety detectives are zeroing in on source of romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak," 27 Nov. 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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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 \

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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