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


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


harvestable \ ˈhär-​və-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce harvestable (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 Entanglements are an issue among crab fishermen because a lone incident could prompt restrictions on crab harvests or, at worst, shut down the entire season. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Commercial Dungeness crab season likely to be delayed until Dec. 15," 20 Nov. 2019 The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is reducing state-by-state quotas on commercial rockfish harvests by 18%. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Atlantic fisheries panel tells states to cut rockfish catch by 18%, finds Virginia violated menhaden cap," 1 Nov. 2019 The county’s spending is of interest as members of Congress seek to make permanent the money’s source -- a federal safety net program intended to help counties transition away from their reliance on federal timber harvests. oregonlive, "Struggling Oregon county spent $43,000 traveling to D.C. to lobby. It wants $2,000 for the receipts.," 25 Oct. 2019 The drought comes at the end of the growing season, but is still having some impact on harvest of crops such as soybeans. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County weather: Despite recent rainfall, moderate drought conditions persist across Maryland," 24 Oct. 2019 Gh Mohiuddin Mir, 65, who worries that if the Kashmir crisis is not resolved by harvest time he will be financially devastated, at his apple farm in Budgam, India, on Sept. 19, 2019. Naina Bajekal, Time, "India Is Slowly Easing Its Lockdown in Kashmir. But Life Isn't Returning to Normal," 23 Oct. 2019 At press time, the jury is still out on Spain's 2019 harvest. Elin Mccoy, chicagotribune.com, "Despite extreme weather, 2019 is a ‘perfect storm’ vintage for wine," 14 Oct. 2019 Each year, the taste varies a bit depending on the honey harvest. John Kell, Fortune, "Craft Breweries Are Going Hyper-Local to Source Ingredients," 21 Sep. 2019 Some rely on harvest for a portion of their annual income. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Black walnut pie a harvest of unique flavors," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like many other Palestinians who own fields in close proximity to Israeli settlements, Shtewi’s land is subject to the Israeli permit system, which requires him to seek permission from the ICA before harvesting his own olive trees. Noor Ibrahim, Time, "Olive Groves in the West Bank Have Become a Battleground. That's Why Volunteers Come From Around the World to Help at Harvest Time," 1 Nov. 2019 Further Reading Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers Tesla may be able to create rudimentary maps by harvesting data from customers' Smart Summon trips. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "I watched over 100 Tesla Smart Summon videos—here’s what I learned," 14 Oct. 2019 Collectors should be familiar with guidelines for harvesting the seed. cleveland, "Soil and Water Conservation District accepting common milkweed seed to increase monarch butterfly habitat," 1 Oct. 2019 For example, people who live near the coast sometimes collect water by harvesting it from fog! Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Catch Water from the Air," 26 Sep. 2019 In recent years growers have mitigated the issue by harvesting earlier, but further rises in average temperature would leave the industry in a precarious position. Fortune, "How the $3.6 Billion Cognac Industry Is Trying to Outrun Climate Change," 14 Sep. 2019 Streamers make money by running commercials on their channels, and by harvesting donations and subscriptions. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "‘I’m very obsessed … you could say addicted’: Former heroin user enters spotlight livestreaming video games from the Chicago suburbs," 13 Aug. 2019 By harvesting the everyday energy of static electricity, scientists may have found the world's most plentiful source of renewable, sustainable power. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents September/October 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Giethoorn, Netherlands The marshes surrounding Giethoorn were once important sources for harvesting peat moss and reeds, and its canal system was originally used to transport local farmers and their crops across town. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of harvest


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


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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Time Traveler for harvest

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

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Harvest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=harves01. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce harvest (audio)

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



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

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


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


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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