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



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrvɪst//
    Growing crops
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the time of year when the crops are gathered in on a farm, etc.; the act of cutting and gathering crops harvest time Farmers are extremely busy during the harvest. See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2[countable] the crops, or the amount of crops, cut and gathered the grain harvest a good/bad harvest (= a lot of crops or few crops) (figurative) The appeal produced a rich harvest of blankets, medicines and clothing. Plum growers say they are expecting a bumper harvest(= a large amount of produce) this year. See related entries: Growing crops
  3. Word OriginOld 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’. Wordfinderblight, cereal, crop, genetically modified, grain, harvest, monoculture, organic, staple, yieldExtra examples During the harvest they work from dawn to dusk. Potatoes are normally sprayed after harvest. Potatoes often sustain damage during harvest. She returned from the conference with a rich harvest of knowledge. The strawberry harvest failed because of the drought. They were busy getting the harvest in. We are now reaping the harvest of our hard work last year. We’ve had a bumper harvest of apples this year. a good harvest of potatoes a series of poor harvests in the 1830s at harvest timeIdioms (British English) to benefit or suffer as a direct result of something that you have done
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