ag·​ri·​busi·​ness | \ ˈa-grə-ˌbiz-nəs How to pronounce agribusiness (audio) , -nəz \

Definition of agribusiness

: an industry engaged in the producing operations of a farm, the manufacture and distribution of farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage, and distribution of farm commodities

Examples of agribusiness in a Sentence

Several large agribusinesses own most of the farms around here.
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First Known Use of agribusiness

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agribusiness

agriculture + business

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The first known use of agribusiness was circa 1955

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23 Feb 2021

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“Agribusiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of agribusiness

: the business or industry of farming or agriculture : farming thought of as a large business
: a company engaged in agribusiness

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