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

     

    thresh

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//θreʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θreʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thresh
    BrE BrE//θreʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θreʃ//
     
    he / she / it threshes
    BrE BrE//ˈθreʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθreʃɪz//
     
    past simple threshed
    BrE BrE//θreʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θreʃt//
     
    past participle threshed
    BrE BrE//θreʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θreʃt//
     
    -ing form threshing
    BrE BrE//ˈθreʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθreʃɪŋ//
     
    Growing crops
     
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  1. 1[transitive] thresh something to separate grains of rice, wheat, etc. from the rest of the plant using a machine or, especially in the past, by hitting it with a special tool 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[intransitive, transitive] thresh (something) to make, or cause something to make, uncontrolled movements
  3. synonym thrash
    Word Origin Old English therscan, later threscan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorsen and German dreschen. Compare with thrash.
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