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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web That gloomy news held especially true for agriculture, which accounts for 80% of Utah’s water consumption. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why all that snow we’re shoveling may not rescue Utah from a bad water year," 21 Feb. 2021 SciTech targets small companies with less than 250 employees in engineering, mining, food, agriculture, technology and energy. Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, "SciTech interns boost future of Minnesota economy," 21 Feb. 2021 As is agriculture, responsible for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse-gas pollution each year. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The Big Idea From Bill Gates’s New Climate Book," 16 Feb. 2021 Fresno is the hub of an agriculture-rich area, with produce that includes almonds, pistachios, oranges and grapes. New York Times, "How a Minimum-Wage Increase Is Being Felt in a Low-Wage City," 14 Feb. 2021 The Wolf Prize recognizes achievements in both scientific categories (medicine, agriculture, mathematics, chemistry and physics) and arts categories (painting and sculpting, music and architecture). Paul Grein, Billboard, "Stevie Wonder to Receive Israel's Wolf Prize," 10 Feb. 2021 Walsh advises the federal government work with local officials to prepare economies to support other industries such as tourism, agriculture, or manufacturing. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Why Kerry's claim on solar and wind jobs misses the mark," 2 Feb. 2021 Currently, Californians eligible to be vaccinated are those at least 65 years old, as well health care and nursing home workers, and those working in education, child care, emergency services, agriculture, restaurants and other food services. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "California's age-based vaccine system angers disability rights groups," 28 Jan. 2021 Six decades on, its mission remains largely the same—to work with local communities to develop sustainable solutions for challenges in the healthcare, education, economic development, agriculture, and environmental sectors. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It Was Like to Serve in the Peace Corps, According to 6 Generations of Women," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming


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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