Definition of harvest in English:


Syllabification: har·vest
Pronunciation: /ˈhärvist


  • 1The process or period of gathering in crops: helping with the harvest
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    • The olive harvest falls after grape harvest, during a period of time when he'd otherwise have nothing for his workers to do.
    • For most farmers, drying the crop is the major bottleneck in the harvest process.
    • Gulfprince ripens from early to mid-May, extending the harvest period.
    harvesting, reaping, picking, collecting
  • 1.1The season’s yield or crop: a poor harvest
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    • The government estimates the new harvest will yield about 600000 tons of staple grains this year.
    • If those working on it can work together, the seeds sown to date can yield a bountiful harvest.
    • This followed a shortage caused by a poor winter harvest and alleged wheat market manipulation resulted in excessive exports of grain.
    yield, crop, vintage; fruits, produce
  • 1.2A quantity of animals caught or killed for human use: a limited harvest of wild mink
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    • The annual throng of whitebaiters converging on Lake Ferry has been subject to an unseasonal interruption to the harvest just as catches were beginning to grow.
    • The biologist believed that the herd would soon be in trouble and that the animal harvest would have to be reduced.
    • In the olden days on St Kilda and at several bleak rocky points east, tenacious hunters would dangle off perilous cliffs to catch their harvest.
  • 1.3The product or result of an action: in terms of science, Apollo yielded a meager harvest
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    • Indian theatre has produced harvests in many languages.
    • The paradox is that a search for a unifying center fails, but it has produced a harvest of insights into the riches of the Bible.
    • Inflation, shortages, and declining production were the harvest of five years of perestroika and glasnost.
    return, result, fruits; product, output, effect; consequence


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  • 1Gather (a crop) as a harvest: (as noun harvesting) after harvesting, most of the crop is stored in large buildings
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    • The gardens are starting to look bare as the last of the root crops are harvested, and the still green cover crops are filling in the beds.
    • Each year woman, children and even competing small farmers are forced to harvest the crop on big collective farms.
    • Centuries ago when farmers planted and harvested their crops, they knew little about the science involved.
    gather (in), bring in, reap, pick, collect
  • 1.1Catch or kill (animals) for human consumption or use.
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    • If you keep harvesting the wildlife turtles, you'll have not enough numbers.
    • My unprofessional opinion of these techniques of harvesting the eels is that it has made a dent in the eel population.
    • Wormers must now record their daily haul, and they are required to harvest the worms on a rotational basis, leaving some beaches to lie fallow for a season.
  • 1.2Remove (cells, tissue, or an organ) from a person or animal for transplantation or experimental purposes.
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    • New alternatives, which are currently experimental, include harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood or placentas of new born babies.
    • For some experiments, tissue was harvested from tissue-culture plants.
    • What's much safer is an autologous transplant where a person's own stem cells are harvested either from their blood or bone marrow.
  • 1.3Collect or obtain (a resource) for future use: the research teams are leading the way in identifying new ways of harvesting the sun’s energy
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    • Plants and bacteria have been harvesting solar energy and converting it into chemical forms of energy through a process known as (I'm guessing you've heard of it) photosynthesis for, um, a really long time.
    • There is an abundance of energy waiting to be harvested from oceans around the world.
    • Green buildings can harvest energy from the sun with 20 % of their energy requirement coming from solar cells.



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  • Yet despite variable environments, new commercially available maize hybrids continue to be produced each year with ever-increasing harvestable yield.
  • New branches will form where the nodes remain, producing a multi-stemmed plant that becomes very bushy and full of harvestable leaves.
  • Many fields that are fully mature and nearly harvestable have a high percentage of green-stemmed plants remaining in the field.


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  • High capital cost machines such as combine harvesters and self-propelled silage harvesters have taken a big drop in sales.
  • The use of harvesters and plastic crates has become essential to minimise wastage during harvesting and transportation.
  • Cork remains the dominant market for self-propelled harvesters and mowers.


Old 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'.

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