The harvest is the time when you reap what you sow. As a verb, to harvest something means that you pick or gather it. You might harvest your sweet corn late in the summer.

As a noun, harvest means the time of year when crops are ripe and ready to be gathered. The picked crop is also called a harvest: a bumper crop is a plentiful harvest, and a poor harvest is when things didn’t grow as well as expected. As a verb, to harvest something is to gather, trap, or cull it. You can harvest a soybean crop, you can harvest beaver pelts, or you can harvest tissues or organs for transplants.

Definitions of harvest

n the gathering of a ripened crop

harvest home, harvesting
the harvesting of hay
Type of:
gather, gathering
the act of gathering something

n the yield from plants in a single growing season

the yield of fruit
Type of:
output, yield
production of a certain amount

n the season for gathering crops

harvest time
Type of:
season, time of year
one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions

n the consequence of an effort or activity

“they gathered a harvest of examples”
“a harvest of love”
Type of:
consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

v gather, as of natural products

harvest the grapes”
glean, reap
reap or harvest
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v 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”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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