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Definition of plow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plow he / she / it plows past simple plowed -ing form plowing
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  1. 1plow (something) to use a snowplow to clean snow from roads We hired someone to plow the driveway while we’re away. I hope they plow before I have to go to work tomorrow.
  2. 2plow (something) to dig and turn over a field or other area of land with a plow plowed fields 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
  3. Phrasal Verbsplow somethingback (in/into something)plow into somebody/somethingplow something into somethingplow on (with something)plow (your way) through somethingplow somethingup