What does harvest mean?

Definitions for harvest
ˈhɑr vɪsthar·vest

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word harvest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crop, harvestnoun

    the yield from plants in a single growing season

  2. harvestnoun

    the consequence of an effort or activity

    "they gathered a harvest of examples"; "a harvest of love"

  3. harvest, harvesting, harvest homenoun

    the gathering of a ripened crop

  4. harvest, harvest timeverb

    the season for gathering crops

  5. reap, harvest, gleanverb

    gather, as of natural products

    "harvest the grapes"

  6. harvestverb

    remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation

    "The Chinese are said to harvest organs from executed criminals"


  1. harvestnoun

    The process of harvesting, gathering the ripened crop.

  2. harvestnoun

    The yield of harvesting, i.e. the gathered, cut ... fruits of horti- or agri-culture (usually a food - or industrial crop)

    This year's cotton harvest was great but the corn harvest disastrous

  3. harvestnoun

    The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.

  4. harvestnoun

    A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.

  5. harvestverb

    To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.

  6. harvestverb

    To be occupied bringing in a harvest

    Harvesting is a stressing, thirsty occupation

  7. harvestverb

    To win, achieve a gain.

    The rising star harvested well-deserved acclaim, even an Oscar under 21

  8. Etymology: hervest, from hærfest; cognate with Middle Saxon/Low German hervest(Saxon/Low German harvst), Latin carpere 'to seize', Greek καρπός and κείρω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HARVESTnoun

    Etymology: hærfest, Saxon.

    As it ebbs, the seedsman
    Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
    And shortly comes to harvest. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    With harvest work he is worse than he was in the Spring. Roger L'Estrange.

    From Ireland come I with my strength,
    And reap the harvest which that rascal sow’d. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    When the father is too fondly kind,
    Such seed he sows, such harvest shall he find. Dryden.

    Let these small cotts and hills suffice:
    Let us the harvest of our labour eat;
    ’Tis labour makes the coarsest diet sweet. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. Harvest

    Harvesting is the process of gathering a ripe crop from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper. On smaller farms with minimal mechanization, harvesting is the most labor-intensive activity of the growing season. On large mechanized farms, harvesting uses the most expensive and sophisticated farm machinery, such as the combine harvester. Process automation has increased the efficiency of both the seeding and harvesting processes. Specialized harvesting equipment utilizing conveyor belts to mimic gentle gripping and mass-transport replaces the manual task of removing each seedling by hand. The term "harvesting" in general usage may include immediate postharvest handling, including cleaning, sorting, packing, and cooling. The completion of harvesting marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and the social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as harvest festivals, found in many religions.


  1. harvest

    Harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields or the yield obtained at the end of a growing season. It can also refer to the result or product of any effort or activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harvestnoun

    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

  2. Harvestnoun

    that which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gath//ed; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit

  3. Harvestnoun

    the product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward

  4. Harvestverb

    to reap or gather, as any crop

  5. Etymology: [OE. harvest, hervest, AS. hrfest autumn; akin to LG. harfst, D. herfst, OHG. herbist, G. herbst, and prob. to L. carpere to pluck, Gr. karpo`s fruit. Cf. Carpet.]


  1. Harvest

    Harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper. The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as a harvest festival, found in many religions. On smaller farms with minimal mechanization, harvesting is the most labor-intensive activity of the growing season. On large, mechanized farms, harvesting utilizes the most expensive and sophisticated farm machinery, like the combine harvester. Harvesting in general usage includes an immediate post-harvest handling, all of the actions taken immediately after removing the crop—cooling, sorting, cleaning, packing—up to the point of further on-farm processing, or shipping to the wholesale or consumer market.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harvest

    här′vest, n. the time of gathering in the ripened crops: the crops gathered in: fruits: the product of any labour: consequences.—v.t. to reap and gather in.—ns. Har′vest-bug, -louse, -tick, a mite or tick of minute size, abundant late in summer, and very troublesome to people with delicate skins; Har′vester, a reaper in harvests; Har′vest-feast, the feast made at the ingathering of harvest; Har′vest-field, a field where a harvest is or has been; Har′vest-fly, in U.S. the popular name for a species of cicada; Har′vest-home, the bringing home of the harvest: the feast held at the bringing home of the harvest; Har′vest-lord, the head-reaper at the harvest; Har′vest-man (B.), a labourer in harvest; Har′vest-moon, the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, rising nearly at the same hour for several days; Har′vest-mouse, a very small species of mouse, building its nest in the stalks of growing corn; Har′vest-queen, an image of Ceres, the queen or goddess of fruits, in ancient times carried about on the last day of harvest. [A.S. hærfest; Ger. herbst, Dut. herfst.]

Editors Contribution

  1. harvest

    To collect a crop, form of energy or form of natural resource.

    The fruit and crops were harvested easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harvest is ranked #58481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harvest surname appeared 347 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Harvest.

    66.2% or 230 total occurrences were Black.
    21.6% or 75 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.3% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.1% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harvest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4564

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harvest' in Nouns Frequency: #2871

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harvest in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harvest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of harvest in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Fuller:

    It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

  2. Jean Genet:

    Excluded by my birth and tastes from the social order, I was not aware of its diversity. Nothing in the world was irrelevant: the stars on a general's sleeve, the stock-market quotations, the olive harvest, the style of the judiciary, the wheat exchange, flower-beds. Nothing. This order, fearful and feared, whose details were all inter-related, had a meaning: my exile.

  3. National Coffee Association:

    For many years, the world grew more coffee than Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers drank, but the US Department of Agriculture forecasts that this year Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers'll consume more coffee than farmers grow, sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers don't expect current conditions to change coffee's status as America's favorite beverage.

  4. Jang Hye-won:

    A crisis could come in the spring due to a fall in outside aid and fertiliser imports as well as flood damage, which came together to inevitably cut crop harvest.

  5. Jeff Farber:

    Leafy greens, such as lettuce, can become contaminated in the field by soil, contaminated water, animals or improperly composted manure, lettuce can also be contaminated by bacteria during and after harvest from handling, storing and transporting the produce.

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  • حَصَدَ, حِصَادArabic
  • sklízet, sklizeňCzech
  • cynheafWelsh
  • høstDanish
  • ernten, ErnteGerman
  • θερισμός, τρυγώ, αποκομίζω, θερίζω, σοδειά, καρπός, συγκομιδή, θέρος, τρύγοςGreek
  • rikoltaĵo, rikoltoEsperanto
  • cosecha, cosecharSpanish
  • uztaBasque
  • دستاورد, برداشت, محصول, درودنPersian
  • sadonkorjuuaika, korjata, sato, sadonkorjuujuhla, sadonkorjuu, tuotosFinnish
  • récolte, moisson, moissonner, récolter, recueillirFrench
  • fómharIrish
  • buainScottish Gaelic
  • फ़सलHindi
  • arat, szüretelHungarian
  • հունձ, [[բերքը]] [[հավաքել]], բերք, հնձելArmenian
  • panenIndonesian
  • raccolto, messe, mietere, festa del raccolto, mietitura, raccogliere, fruttoItalian
  • קצירHebrew
  • 収穫Japanese
  • მოსავლის აღება, მომკაGeorgian
  • ಸುಗ್ಗಿಯKannada
  • 수확, 수확하다Korean
  • reditus, messis, metō, dēmetōLatin
  • RekoltLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ražaLatvian
  • kotinga, hauhakengaMāori
  • oogst, oogsten, gewin, winnen, behalen, oogstfeest, binnenhalen, opbrengstDutch
  • høsting, høste, avlingNorwegian
  • żniwa, zbieraćPolish
  • colher, messe, segar, colheitaPortuguese
  • aymurayQuechua
  • recoltă, strânsură, cules, secera, seceriș, rod, strânge, culegeRomanian
  • [[убира́ть]] [[урожа́й]], урожа́й, убо́рка, жа́тва, [[собира́ть]] [[урожа́й]], страда́, сборRussian
  • žetvaSerbo-Croatian
  • skörd, skördefest, skördaSwedish
  • அறுவடைTamil
  • పంట, దిగుబడిTelugu
  • เกี่ยวThai
  • aniTagalog
  • hasat, hasıla, rekolteTurkish
  • mùa màngVietnamese
  • klopön, hodiklopot, klopam, pötetiklopot, klop, klopot, greniklopotVolapük

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. soft-witted
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