verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to gather a crop; reap.

Origin of harvest

before 950; Middle English; Old English hærfest; cognate with German Herbst “autumn”; akin to harrow1
Related formshar·vest·a·ble, adjectivehar·vest·a·bil·i·ty, nounhar·vest·less, adjectivehalf-har·vest·ed, adjectivepost·har·vest, adjectivepre·har·vest, nounre·har·vest, verbun·har·vest·ed, adjective

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the gathering of a ripened crop
the crop itself or the yield from it in a single growing season
the season for gathering crops
the product of an effort, action, etca harvest of love


to gather or reap (a ripened crop) from (the place where it has been growing)
(tr) to receive or reap (benefits, consequences, etc)
(tr) mainly US to remove (an organ) from the body for transplantation
Derived Formsharvesting, nounharvestless, adjective

Word Origin for harvest

Old English hærfest; related to Old Norse harfr harrow, Old High German herbist autumn, Latin carpere to pluck, Greek karpos fruit, Sanskrit krpāna shears
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Word Origin and History for harvest

Old English hærfest "autumn, period between August and November," from Proto-Germanic *harbitas (cf. Old Saxon hervist, Old Frisian and Dutch herfst, German Herbst "autumn," Old Norse haust "harvest"), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (cf. Sanskrit krpana- "sword," krpani "shears;" Greek karpos "fruit," karpizomai "make harvest of;" Latin carpere "to cut, divide, pluck;" Lithuanian kerpu "cut;" Middle Irish cerbaim "cut").

The borrowing of autumn and the use of fall in a seasonal sense gradually focused the meaning of harvest to "the time of gathering crops" (mid-13c.), then to the action itself and the product of the action (after c.1300). Figurative use by 1530s. Harvest home (1590s) is the occasion of bringing home the last of the harvest; harvest moon (1706) is that which is full within a fortnight of the autumnal equinox.


c.1400, from harvest (n.). Of wild animals, from 1947; of cells, from 1946. Related: Harvested; harvesting.

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