Meaning of “farm” in the English Dictionary

"farm" in British English

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farmnoun [ C ]

uk /fɑːm/ us /fɑːrm/

A1 an area of land, together with a house and buildings, used for growing crops and/or keeping animals as a business:

a dairy farm
farm animals
farm workers
She spent the summer working on a farm.

a place where a particular type of animal is kept in large numbers in order to be sold:

a sheep/fish farm

More examples

  • Our farm straddles the railway line.
  • As agriculture became more capital intensive, many farm labourers moved to the towns and cities to look for work.
  • The fertilizers and pesticides used on many farms are polluting the water supply.
  • By closing the infected farms we're hoping to confine the disease to the north of the region.
  • It was hard work on the farm but satisfying.

farmverb [ T ]

uk /fɑːm/ us /fɑːrm/

(Definition of “farm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"farm" in American English

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farmnoun [ C ]

us /fɑrm/

an area of land, esp. together with a house and other buildings, used for growing crops or keeping animals

A farm can also be a place where a specific type of animal is raised in large numbers to be sold:

a cattle/mink farm

farmverb [ I/T ]

us /fɑrm/

to use land for growing crops or keeping animals as a business:

[ I/T ] Their family has farmed (this land) for three generations.
farming
noun [ U ] us /ˈfɑr·mɪŋ/

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(Definition of “farm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"farm" in Business English

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farmnoun [ C ]

uk /fɑːm/ us PRODUCTION

an area of land, usually with fields and buildings, used for raising animals and growing crops as a business:

My family has worked on this farm for generations.
farm building/machinery/equipment etc. Pieces of rusting farm equipment lay abandoned in the long grass.
farm worker/labourer Farm workers' wages fell sharply towards the end of the century.
a sheep/pig/dairy etc. farm His parents ran a small but profitable dairy farm.

a place where fish or other animals are bred:

a trout/fish/salmon etc. farm
Animal Rights activists demonstrated outside a local puppy farm last weekend.

farmverb [ I or T ]

uk /fɑːm/ us PRODUCTION

to use land to grow crops, raise animals, etc.:

This area has been farmed for thousands of years.

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(Definition of “farm” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)