agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər \

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 \ or agriculturalist \ -​ch(ə-​)rə-​list \ 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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With agriculture a minor player in the local economy, such concerns aren’t much of an issue in Hong Kong. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones," 6 Feb. 2019 Many of their investments focused on agriculture businesses that improved supply-chain efficiency, generating more revenue for small farmers and cutting out middlemen. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "After Surviving 9/11, Young Investment Analyst Charted a New Career Course," 23 Jan. 2019 In the area of precision agriculture, there’s a great deal of work being done that would allow farmers to fly over their fields to determine which plants are healthy and which aren’t, which waters are needed to do aerial spraying. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A retired Navy captain explains how drones will shape the future of war," 5 Dec. 2018 Any hint of style or glamour denoted bourgeois aspirations, which were loudly denounced in a society focused on industrialization and agriculture. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The groups receive a fair price for their raw materials to incentivize conservation of existing resources, rather than converting land to industrial agriculture. Eviana Hartman, Vogue, "Francisco Costa is Back—With the Chicest Sustainable Beauty Brand You’ve Ever Seen," 16 Dec. 2018 But Stoa, the author of Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry, argues that in a world where cannabis is legal, there is a route for cannabis agriculture to stay sustainable and local. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed," 21 Nov. 2018 Trading for crops before embracing agriculture is common. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 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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agriculture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming

agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər \

Kids Definition of agriculture

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

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