from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of gathering a crop.
  • n. The crop that ripens or is gathered in a season.
  • n. The amount or measure of the crop gathered in a season.
  • n. The time or season of such gathering.
  • n. The result or consequence of an activity.
  • transitive v. To gather (a crop).
  • transitive v. To take or kill (fish or deer, for example) for food, sport, or population control.
  • transitive v. To extract from a culture or a living or recently deceased body, especially for transplantation: harvested bone marrow.
  • transitive v. To gather a crop from.
  • transitive v. To receive (the benefits or consequences of an action). See Synonyms at reap.
  • intransitive v. To gather a crop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of harvesting, gathering the ripened crop.
  • n. The yield of harvesting, i.e. the gathered, cut ... fruits of horti- or agri-culture (usually a food - or industrial crop)
  • n. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
  • n. A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.
  • v. To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
  • v. To be occupied bringing in a harvest
  • v. To win, achieve a gain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn.
  • n. That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit.
  • n. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
  • transitive v. To reap or gather, as any crop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reap or gather, as corn and other crops, for the use of man and beast: often used figuratively.
  • n. The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
  • n. The season of gathering the ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
  • n. A crop or crops gathered or ready to be gathered; specifically, ripe grain reaped, and stored in stacks or barns; hence, a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored up: as, a harvest of nuts, or of ice.
  • n. Hence The product of any labor, or the result of any course of action; gain; result; effect; consequence.
  • n. The act or process of harvesting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
  • n. the consequence of an effort or activity
  • v. gather, as of natural products
  • n. the yield from plants in a single growing season
  • n. the gathering of a ripened crop
  • n. the season for gathering crops


Middle English, from Old English hærfest; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hervest, from Old English hærfest, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-, *skerp-; cognate with West Frisian hjerst, Dutch herfst, German Herbst, Middle Saxon/Low German hervest ("autumn") (Saxon/Low German harvst ("autumn")), Danish høst, also Latin carpere 'to seize', Greek καρπός (karpos, "fruit") and κείρω (keirō, "to cut off"). (Wiktionary)


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