- 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[intransitive, transitive] thresh (something) to make, or cause something to make, uncontrolled movements synonym thrash Word Origin Old English therscan, later threscan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorsen and German dreschen. Compare with thrash.
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