[ hahr-vist ]
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  1. Also har·vest·ing. the gathering of crops.

  2. the season when ripened crops are gathered.

  1. a crop or yield of one growing season.: See Synonym Study at crop.

  2. a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored: a harvest of wheat.

  3. the result or consequence of any act, process, or event: The journey yielded a harvest of wonderful memories.

verb (used with object)
  1. to gather (a crop or the like); reap.

  2. to gather the crop from: to harvest the fields.

  1. to gain, win, or use (a prize, product, or result of any past act, process, etc.): She has finally harvested the rewards of her dedication.

  2. to catch, take, or remove (animals), especially for food: Fishermen harvested hundreds of salmon from the river.

  3. to collect (any resource) for future use: to harvest solar energy; spammers who harvest email addresses.

  4. to extract (an organ or tissue) from a living or dead body, as for transplantation or research: to harvest a kidney; to harvest embryos.

verb (used without object)
  1. to gather a crop; reap.

Origin of harvest

before 950; Middle English; Old English hærfest; cognate with German Herbst “autumn”; akin to harrow1

Other words for harvest

Other words from harvest

  • har·vest·a·ble, adjective
  • har·vest·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • har·vest·less, adjective
  • half-har·vest·ed, adjective
  • post·har·vest, adjective
  • pre·har·vest, noun
  • re·har·vest, verb
  • un·har·vest·ed, adjective

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How to use harvest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for harvest


/ (ˈhɑːvɪst) /

  1. the gathering of a ripened crop

  2. the crop itself or the yield from it in a single growing season

  1. the season for gathering crops

  2. the product of an effort, action, etc: a harvest of love

  1. to gather or reap (a ripened crop) from (the place where it has been growing)

  2. (tr) to receive or reap (benefits, consequences, etc)

  1. (tr) mainly US to remove (an organ) from the body for transplantation

Origin of 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

Derived forms of harvest

  • harvesting, noun
  • harvestless, adjective

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