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 \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculturalist (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 His administration’s attempt to negotiate a trade deal with the bloc has also faltered as the two sides continue to disagree about which industries, like agriculture, should be included in any deal. BostonGlobe.com, "The trade body opened the door for the Trump administration to impose billions of dollars in retaliatory sanctions in May, when it ruled that Europe had illegally subsidized Airbus to the detriment of its American competitor Boeing.," 17 Sep. 2019 His administration’s attempt to negotiate a trade deal with the bloc has also faltered as the two sides continue to disagree about which industries, like agriculture, should be included in any deal. New York Times, "Trump Cleared to Put More Tariffs on Europe in Airbus Case," 16 Sep. 2019 The decline is in large part due to a lack of milkweed, a plant that monarchs depend on but that is being increasingly eradicated by modern agriculture. Shawn Regan, National Review, "The New Endangered-Species Regulations Are Good for Species," 12 Sep. 2019 The real problem, though, was that climate change itself kept accelerating, even as the world began trying to turn its energy and agriculture systems around. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 Baldridge listed three sources of income last year – serving as an Adams County commissioner, an Anderson Township firefighter/paramedic, and his agriculture business, Baldridge Bio-Research. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio’s execution method is constitutional, appeals court rules: Capitol Letter," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, population growth and a more benign climate have pushed agriculture hundreds of meters upslope. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 To start, climate change could slow growth in agriculture yields up to 30% by 2050. Scientific American, "Benefits of Adaptation Measures Outweigh the Costs, Report Says," 10 Sep. 2019 So are his supporters, who have been channeling their anger and verbal aggression especially toward one of the new ministers: 61-year-old former laborer and union representative, agriculture minister Teresa Bellanova. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Italy’s new agriculture minister is truly of the people—and she’s kryptonite for populists," 7 Sep. 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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5 Nov 2019

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

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agriculture

noun
How to pronounce agriculture (audio)

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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