crop ( crops plural & 3rd person present) ( cropping present participle) ( cropped past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Crops are plants such as wheat and potatoes that are grown in large quantities for food.
Rice farmers here still plant and harvest their crops by hand..., The main crop is wheat and this is grown even on the very steep slopes.
2 n-count The plants or fruits that are collected at harvest time are referred to as a crop.
usu with supp
Each year it produces a fine crop of fruit..., The US government says that this year's corn crop should be about 8 percent more than last year...
3 n-sing You can refer to a group of people or things that have appeared together as a crop of people or things.
INFORMAL N of n
The present crop of books and documentaries about Marilyn Monroe exploit the thirtieth anniversary of her death...
4 verb When a plant crops, it produces fruits or parts which people want.
Although these vegetables adapt well to our temperate climate, they tend to crop poorly. V
5 verb To crop someone's hair means to cut it short.
She cropped her hair and dyed it blonde. V n
She had cropped grey hair.
6 n-count A crop is a short hairstyle.
She had her long hair cut into a boyish crop.
7 verb If you crop a photograph, you cut part of it off, in order to get rid of part of the picture or to be able to frame it.
I decided to crop the picture just above the water line... V n
Her husband was cropped from the photograph. be V-ed from n
the cream of the crop →
cream crop up phrasal verb If something crops up, it appears or happens, usually unexpectedly.
(=come up) His name has cropped up at every selection meeting this season... V P
cash crop ( cash crops plural ) A cash crop is a crop that is grown in order to be sold. n-count
Cranberries have become a major cash crop.
crop top ( crop tops plural ) A crop top is a very short, usually tight, top worn by a girl or a woman. n-count
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