harvest

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

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 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 Young walleye in low to moderate abundance, including those stocked as a stopgap rescue attempt, should not be immediately available for harvest in ailing or recovering populations. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Spring hearings another virtual success," 22 Apr. 2021 Russia is the second largest snow crab producer with a harvest of nearly 98 million pounds in its year-round fishery this year. Anchorage Daily News, "Snow crab and other premium crab saw huge retail growth in 2020," 19 Apr. 2021 The crash happened during the height of the harvest in the agricultural region that provides much of the lettuce, onions, broccoli and winter vegetables to U.S. supermarkets. Elliot Spagat, The Arizona Republic, "AP exclusive: SUV in crash came through hole in border fence in Southern California," 4 Mar. 2021 The crash happened during the height of the harvest in the agricultural region that provides much of the lettuce, onions, broccoli and winter vegetables to U.S. supermarkets. CBS News, "13 people killed in California SUV crash came through hole in border fence," 3 Mar. 2021 Fern takes on many temporary gigs throughout the film – cleaning toilets at a South Dakota national park, working a sugar beet harvest in North Dakota – some of which were more enjoyable to shoot than others. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'That's my job, Bob!': Frances McDormand says her 'Nomadland' co-stars had no idea she's an actress," 19 Feb. 2021 There’s a major beet harvest in North Dakota that employs a number of older itinerant workers, but the crew couldn’t get access to it. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Tracking Nomadland’s Path Across the American West," 19 Feb. 2021 The kill last year was 284,000 — the second-highest harvest in the past 10 years. Star Tribune, "Football and pheasants once brought Vikings together in Iowa," 17 Dec. 2020 But 2020 has proven to be not such a great year for parties — and the 2020 harvest in California was challenging, to use an understatement. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "This Berkeley winemaker lost most of his 2020 red wines to smoke taint. So he fermented some pears," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Monteiro had found a way to harvest Yura's sites for information about the murder targets. CBS News, "Minnesota teen Alexis Stern says gamer ex-boyfriend Adrian Fry ordered her murder on the dark web," 28 Feb. 2021 Open, leafy varieties are easier to start from germination and tending all the way to harvest, which can be done by simply plucking immature as well as mature leaves. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "You can wait for spring to garden for fresh greens, or you can grow delicious, leafy lettuces now," 12 Feb. 2021 Where there is money to harvest in youth sports, there are people poised to reap it. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston-based youth sports business Legacy Global Sports fails amid criminal inquiry," 16 Jan. 2021 Researchers at the National University of Singapore have come up with a new way to harvest energy: creating electricity out of shadows. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa: This Generator Turns Shadows Into Electricity," 5 June 2020 Sunflowers are ready to harvest when their heads are drooping forward, the seeds look plump, and the petals have dropped. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Sunflowers and Add a Dose of Cheer to Your Yard," 20 Apr. 2021 The devices harvest card information from the magnetic stripes. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Victims of EDD debit card fraud say Bank of America made it too difficult to get help recouping stolen funds," 2 Apr. 2021 Today, largely Latino field workers harvest lettuce and strawberries, earning low pay and enjoying few protections. Washington Post, "In the shadow of its exceptionalism, America fails to invest in the basics," 13 Mar. 2021 Some types of berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, will have fruits ready to harvest within one to two growing seasons. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best fruit seed," 28 Feb. 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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6 May 2021

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“Harvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 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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