- 1[transitive, intransitive] to plant or spread seeds in or on the ground sow (something) Sow the seeds in rows. Water well after sowing. Sow rows of lettuces between other vegetables. sow something with something The fields around had been sown with wheat. 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[transitive] sow something (in something) to introduce or spread feelings or ideas, especially ones that cause trouble to sow doubt in someone's mind to sow confusion Idioms
to start the process that leads to a particular situation or result In this way he sowed the seeds of his own success.
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(of young men) to go through a period of wild behavior while young, especially having a lot of romantic or sexual relationships He wants to leave home, sow his wild oats and learn about life.
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you have to deal with the bad effects or results of something that you originally started
you reap what you sow (saying)jump to other results