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  1. farm
    IPA[färm]
  2. noun

    • 1. an area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager:

      a farm of 100 acres farm workers
    • 2. the main dwelling place on a farm; a farmhouse:

      a half-timbered farm
    • 3. a place for breeding a particular type of animal or producing a specified crop:

      a fish farm
    • 4. an establishment at which something is produced or processed:

      an energy farm

    verb

    • 1. make one's living by growing crops or keeping livestock:

      he has farmed organically for five years
      Synonym : be a farmer, practice farming, cultivate/till/work the land, till the soil, rear livestock, do agricultural work
    • 2. use (land) for growing crops and rearing animals, especially commercially:

      marshes are being drained in order to farm the land
      Synonym : cultivate, bring under cultivation, till, work, plow, dig, plant
    • 3. breed or grow commercially (a type of livestock or crop, especially one not normally domesticated or cultivated):

      ostriches are farmed in South Africa and Australia
      Synonym : grow, cultivate, raise, plant, tend, bring on, harvest, breed, rear, keep
    • 4. send out or subcontract work to others:

      it saves time and money to farm out some writing work to specialized companies
    • 5. arrange for a child or other dependent person to be looked after by someone, usually for payment:

      the babies are farmed out for five years
    • 6. send a sports player to a farm team:

      he was farmed out in 1938 and '39 and came back for two games in 1940
    • 7. allow someone to collect and keep the revenues from (a tax) on payment of a fee:

      the customs had been farmed to the collector for a fixed sum
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: farm, 3rd person present: farms, gerund or present participle: farming, past tense: farmed, past participle: farmed

    • noun

      an area of land and its buildings, used for growing crops and rearing animals:

      a farmhouse:

    • verb

      make one's living by growing crops or keeping livestock:

      use (land) for growing crops and rearing animals:

    • adjective

      (of a type of livestock or crop) bred or grown commercially, especially as opposed to living in the wild:
    • adjective

      (of a type of livestock or crop) bred or grown commercially, especially as opposed to living in the wild:
    • noun

      a minor league baseball team that provides players as needed to an affiliated major league team.
    • noun

      a farm that produces milk or milk products:
    • noun

      a farm on an estate that is set aside to provide produce for the owner of the estate.
    • noun

      an area of the sea where machinery is installed to harness the energy produced by waves in order to generate electricity.
    • noun

      an area of oil or gas storage tanks.
    • noun

      an area of land with a group of energy-producing windmills or wind turbines.
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