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a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area: a public garden.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
British, yard2 ( def 1 ).
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
verb (used without object)
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
to cultivate as a garden.
lead up/down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude: The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.

1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2

gardenable, adjective
gardenless, adjective
gardenlike, adjective
ungardened, adjective
well-gardened, adjective
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garden (ˈɡɑːdən)
1.  (Brit)
 a.  US and Canadian word: yard an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house
 b.  (as modifier): a garden chair
2.  a.  an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
 b.  (as modifier): garden tools Related: horticultural
3.  (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
4.  a.  a fertile and beautiful region
 b.  (as modifier): a garden paradise
5.  (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
6.  informal lead a person up the garden path to mislead or deceive a person
7.  informal common or garden ordinary; unexceptional
8.  to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
Related: horticultural
[C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)]

gardening (ˈɡɑːdənɪŋ)
a.  the planning and cultivation of a garden
 b.  (as modifier): gardening gloves

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.N.Fr. gardin, from V.L. hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frank. *gardo, from P.Gmc. *gardon (cf. O.Fris. garda, O.H.G. garto, Ger. Garten "garden," O.E. geard "enclosure," see yard (1)). The verb is first attested in 1570s. Related: Gardened; gardening.
Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928.
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Example sentences
They are planting potatoes, and gardening, and learning the secret of life that
  the living is his who can earn it.
He also plans to spend more time woodworking and gardening.
But the surging interest in urban gardening is undeniable, as are the benefits
  to the community.
Habitat gardening has the added benefit of attracting wildlife to your space.
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