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


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 issued licenses for small grows of 10,000 square feet or less of planting space and medium licenses for up to an acre. Joe Mozingo,, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 Wisconsin Madison: State agriculture officials are concerned farmers will be tempted by quick access loans and credit cards as many take on more debt this year. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 The state law allowing industrial hemp farming and processing was to take effect in August after state agriculture officials set up a licensing and certification program. Washington Post, "State, federal laws now allow Arizona farmers to grow hemp," 7 June 2019 Statewide, storm damage to Georgia’s cotton crop amounted to $550 to $600 million, University of Georgia agriculture officials estimated. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike," 30 Oct. 2018 Health and agriculture officials are asking residents to increase efforts to prevent exposure to rabies. Fox News, "Delaware reports first rabies death since 1941," 30 Aug. 2018 In February, Oregon agriculture officials sued to stop te Velde's 7,288-acre Boardman operation. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon officials say they plan to stop mega-dairy violations -- again," 17 May 2018 According to PETA, Perdue and state agriculture officials aren't doing enough to crack down on zoos with multiple violations, which should have their licenses revoked. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "PETA sues USDA over roadside zoo licensing, including Alvin's Bayou Wildlife Zoo," 16 May 2018 Kentucky agriculture officials have approved more than 12,000 acres to be grown in the state this year, and 57 Kentucky processors are helping turn the raw product into a multitude of products. Bruce Schreiner, The Christian Science Monitor, "McConnell leads Congress in reconsidering hemp's agricultural potential," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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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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