agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \

Definition of agriculture

: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products cleared the land to use it for agriculture

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Other Words from agriculture

agriculturist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce agriculturist (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ -​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculturalist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for agriculture

Synonyms

farming, husbandry

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Examples of agriculture in a Sentence

They cleared the land to use it for agriculture. the forest was cut down, and the land given over to agriculture

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State agriculture officials stopped administering the programs in mid-July, triggering immediate concerns in the farm community. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "State restores veto-killed program that puts Alaska-grown produce in stores," 10 Aug. 2019 At the time, U.S. agriculture was diverse and unwieldy. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet," 9 Aug. 2019 In fact, aside from the Amazon itself, Brazilian agriculture may be deforestation’s biggest victim. The Economist, "Deathwatch for the Amazon," 1 Aug. 2019 Being a Ramonan, agriculture was another interest that led to more accolades. Ramona Sentinel, "Emily Payne shares love of dancing, pageantry," 25 July 2019 However, the report acknowledges that agriculture is extremely diverse and what works in one place may not in another. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "How to feed the world without destroying the planet," 17 July 2019 Many lawmakers have said Mr. Trump’s tariff dispute with China may hurt his prospects for re-election in many typically Republican states, where agriculture is a dominant industry. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Trump, Xi to Have ‘Extended Meeting’ on Trade at G-20 Summit in Japan," 18 June 2019 In Bangladesh, for example, rice agriculture is increasingly impossible as fields are flooded with seawater. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 The White House said the talks will cover a range of issues, including intellectual property, forced technology transfers, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, the U.S.-China trade deficit and enforcement. Washington Post, "World shares higher, Korean Kospi falls after missile launch," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of agriculture

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agriculture

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin agricultura, from ager field + cultura cultivation — more at acre, culture

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The first known use of agriculture was in the 15th century

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agriculture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming

agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \

Kids Definition of agriculture

: the cultivating of the soil, producing of crops, and raising of livestock

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