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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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 In rural America, the county fair remains a cherished institution with agriculture its centerpiece even though farm families now represent less than 2% of the nation’s population. John Seewer, Star Tribune, "Blue-ribbon blues as fairs close down," 13 Sep. 2020 Rising seas chew up the coast, while droughts and floods condemn interior agriculture. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Big Oil battered by lawsuits. America battered by extreme weather.," 12 Sep. 2020 Those willing to work at around minimum wage in jobs such as elderly care and agriculture are in high demand, recession or not. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "Despite Coronavirus, Developed Economies Seeking Immigrant Workers," 11 Sep. 2020 This government is more focused on helping agriculture than on helping preserve the forest. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil’s Fires Are Even Worse than Last Year," 11 Sep. 2020 In smaller cities, manual industries, like mining and agriculture, tend to account for a bigger share of the economy. Karen Ho, Quartz, "What it takes for a city to jump into the knowledge economy," 9 Sep. 2020 Cooney has made healthcare and agriculture two primary issues of his campaign. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Montana Democrat tries to hold governorship for party in pro-Trump state," 9 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile in Oakland, Mycelium Youth Network’s educators were readying their spring curriculum, including an elementary school garden planted to help students learn how agriculture can affect carbon emissions. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Working from home: How climate change activists are adapting to the pandemic," 7 Sep. 2020 The basalt dust could also fortify soils with nutrients, such as potassium and zinc, depleted by intensive agriculture. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming


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Kids Definition of agriculture

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

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