a. A plot of land used for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, or fruit.
b. An arrangement of living material that is cultivated for food, as a fungus garden maintained by ants.
2. often gardens Grounds laid out with flowers, trees, and ornamental shrubs and used for recreation or display: public gardens; a botanical garden.
3. A yard or lawn.
4. A fertile, well-cultivated region.
a. An open-air establishment where refreshments are served.
b. A large public auditorium or arena.
v. gar·dened, gar·den·ing, gar·dens
1. To cultivate (a plot of ground) as a garden.
2. To furnish with a garden.
1. To plant or tend a garden.
2. To work as a gardener.
1. Of, suitable to, or used in a garden: garden tools; garden vegetables.
2. Provided with open areas and greenery: a garden community.
lead/take down the garden path
To mislead or deceive (another).
[Middle English gardin, from Old North French, from gart, of Germanic origin; see gher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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