harvest

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English harvest, hervest, from Old English hærfest (autumn, harvest-time; August), from Proto-West Germanic *harbist, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz (harvest-time, autumn, fall), from *harbaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-.

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harvest (countable and uncountable, plural harvests)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
    Harvest is usually very damp and rainy.
  2. The season of gathering ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
  3. The process of gathering the ripened crop; harvesting.
  4. The yield of harvesting, i.e., the gathered crops or fruits.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, in The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      Hester Earle and Violet Wayne were moving about the aisle with bundles of wheat-ears and streamers of ivy, for the harvest thanksgiving was shortly to be celebrated, while the vicar stood waiting for their directions on the chancel steps with a great handful of crimson gladioli.
    This year's cotton harvest was great but the corn harvest was disastrous.
    • 1911, Jack London, The Whale Tooth
      The frizzle-headed man-eaters were loath to leave their fleshpots so long as the harvest of human carcases was plentiful. Sometimes, when the harvest was too plentiful, they imposed on the missionaries by letting the word slip out that on such a day there would be a killing and a barbecue.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
      To glean the broken ears after the man / That the main harvest reaps.
  5. (by extension) The product or result of any exertion or course of action; reward or consequences.
  6. (paganism) A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.

SynonymsEdit

  • (season of the year): autumn, fall
  • (agricultural or horticultural yield): crop

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VerbEdit

harvest (third-person singular simple present harvests, present participle harvesting, simple past and past participle harvested)

  1. (transitive) To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
  2. (intransitive) To be occupied bringing in a harvest
    Harvesting is a stressing, thirsty occupation
  3. (transitive) To win, achieve a gain.
    The rising star harvested well-deserved acclaim, even an Oscar under 21

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