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Definition of farm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an area of land, and the buildings on it, used for growing crops and/or keeping animals a 400-acre farm a farm worker/laborer farm buildings/machinery to live/work on a farm Topic CollocationsFarminggrowing food and raising animals plant trees/seeds/crops/vines/barley grow/produce corn/wheat/rice/fruit plow land/a field sow/harvest seeds/crops/fields spread manure/fertilizer on something cultivate/irrigate/water/contaminate crops/plants/fields/land damage/destroy/lose your crop ripen/pick fruit/berries/grapes press/dry/ferment grapes grind/thresh grain/corn/wheat raise/rear/keep chickens/poultry/cattle/pigs raise/breed/feed/graze livestock/cattle/sheep butcher/kill/slaughter livestock preserve/smoke/cure/salt meatmodern farming run a fish farm/an organic dairy farm engage in/be involved in intensive (pig/fish) farming use/apply (chemical/organic) fertilizer/insecticides/pesticides begin/do/conduct field trials of GM (= genetically modified) crops grow/develop GM crops/seeds/plants/foods fund/invest in genetic engineering/research improve/increase crop yields face/suffer from/alleviate food shortages label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) eliminate/reduce farm subsidies oppose/be against factory farming/GM food promote/encourage/support organic/sustainable farming
  2. 2(especially in compounds) a place where particular fish or animals are bred a trout/mink/pig farm see also collective farm, factory farm, funny farm, truck farm, wind farm
  3. Idioms
    buy the farm (informal)
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    to die
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: farm