Meaning of “farming” in the English Dictionary

business-english dictionary

"farming" in British English

See all translations

farmingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈfɑː.mɪŋ/ us /ˈfɑːr.mɪŋ/

B1 the activity of working on a farm or organizing the work there

Examples

  • In the last 50 years, there has been a 33-fold increase in the amount of pesticide used in farming.
  • Excessive farming had impoverished the soil.
  • Cattle farming is the mainstay of the country's economy.
  • Huge swathes of rain forest are being cleared for farming and mining.
  • In some areas, modern intensive farming is giving way to the re-introduction of traditional methods.

Examples from literature

  • At the same time, in other parts of the world modern methods were replacing traditional farming. 
  • In Western Europe, new ways of farming were invented, and many factories were built. 
  • It’s easy to forget that without industrial farming methods, we simply wouldn’t have so much cheap food. 
  • The government provided teachers and courses to help people learn organic farming techniques. 
  • The pioneers of organic farming of the early and mid-twentieth century saw the movement as a return to small family-sized, local farms and a rejection of the big business model of large farms. 
  • Their method of farming was not sustainable. 
  • These green activists began to call for a return to more traditional styles of farming. 
  • Until the 19th century, nobody would have considered farming as anything other than organic. 

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

"farming" in Business English

See all translations

farmingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈfɑːmɪŋ/ us PRODUCTION

the business or activity of raising animals, growing crops, etc. on a farm:

People employed in farming account for just 5% of the country's population.
Modern farming methods have led to the destruction of many wildlife habitats.
The UK's farming industry was thrown into crisis by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

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