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Definition of harvest verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    harvest

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harvest
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪst//
     
    he / she / it harvests
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪsts//
     
    past simple harvested
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪstɪd//
     
    past participle harvested
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form harvesting
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪstɪŋ//
     
    Growing crops
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] harvest (something) to cut and gather a crop; to catch a number of animals or fish to eat CollocationsFarmingGrowing food and raising animals plant trees/​seeds/​crops/​vines/​barley grow/​produce corn/​wheat/​rice/​fruit plough/(North American English) 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 kill/​slaughter livestock preserve/​smoke/​cure/​salt meatModern farming run a fish farm/​an organic dairy 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 See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2[transitive] harvest something (medical) to collect cells or tissue from somebody’s body for use in medical experiments or operations She had her eggs harvested and frozen for her own future use.
  3. Word Origin Old English hærfest ‘autumn’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch herfst and German Herbst, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin carpere ‘pluck’ and Greek karpos ‘fruit’.Extra examples The nuts are ready to harvest in September. In the US, more than 130 000 tons of live oysters are harvested each year. Winter wheat is harvested in late July and early August.
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