harvest vs harvesting what difference

what is difference between harvest and harvesting


Alternative forms

  • harvist, hervest, harst, hairst (all obsolete or dialectal)


From Middle English harvest, hervest, from Old English hærfest (autumn, harvest-time; August), from Proto-West Germanic *harbist, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz (harvest-time, autumn, fall), from *harbaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑɹ.vəst/, /ˈhɑɹ.vɪst/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɑː(ɹ)vɪst/, /ˈhɑː(ɹ)vəst/
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈhaːvəst/


harvest (countable and uncountable, plural harvests)

  1. (Britain dialectal) The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
  2. The season of gathering ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
  3. The process of gathering the ripened crop; harvesting.
  4. The yield of harvesting, i.e., the gathered crops or fruits.
    This year’s cotton harvest was great but the corn harvest was disastrous.
    • 1911, Jack London, The Whale Tooth
      The frizzle-headed man-eaters were loath to leave their fleshpots so long as the harvest of human carcases was plentiful. Sometimes, when the harvest was too plentiful, they imposed on the missionaries by letting the word slip out that on such a day there would be a killing and a barbecue.
  5. (by extension) The product or result of any exertion or course of action; reward or consequences.
    • The pope’s principal harvest was in the jubilee.
    • 1815, William Wordsworth, A Poet’s Epitaph
      the harvest of a quiet eye
  6. (paganism) A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.


  • (season of the year): autumn, fall
  • (agricultural or horticultural yield): crop



harvest (third-person singular simple present harvests, present participle harvesting, simple past and past participle harvested)

  1. (transitive) To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
  2. (intransitive) To be occupied bringing in a harvest
    Harvesting is a stressing, thirsty occupation
  3. (transitive) To win, achieve a gain.
    The rising star harvested well-deserved acclaim, even an Oscar under 21


Derived terms

  • harvestable
  • harvestability
  • harvestee
  • harvester
  • harvest bug
  • harvest fish
  • harvest fly
  • harvest home
  • harvest louse
  • harvestly
  • harvestman
  • harvest mite
  • harvest moon
  • harvest mouse
  • harvest queen
  • harvest spider
  • harvest time


  • thraves



harvesting (plural harvestings)

  1. (agriculture) The gathering of a mature crop; a harvest.
  2. (by extension) The gathering of any resource.




  1. present participle of harvest

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