ag·​ri·​cul·​ture ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio)
: 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
agriculturist noun

Example Sentences

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 This farm has about 240 acres that can continue to be used for agriculture or unrestricted development. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 26 Nov. 2022 Lawmakers, agriculture groups and farmworker organizations are pushing to pass an overhaul of the farmworker visa program through both chambers of Congress before the GOP takes control of the House next year. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 Could Utah put that water to better use elsewhere without leaving agriculture producers high and dry? Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 On the first day of the conference, two charter buses of farmers, agriculture students, advocates and government officials toured three farms. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 Those industries could include ethanol, retail, and agriculture. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in both wild birds and backyard flocks has killed thousands of birds throughout the state, Oregon wildlife and agriculture officials say. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 The fruit is one of the country’s major agriculture exports, and its growers believed the dispute was to blame for their economic losses. Time, 22 Nov. 2022 With an easy-to-assemble modular construction, Zanders said, the Kipster model is replicable and suitable for urban agriculture. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin agricultura, from ager field + cultura cultivation — more at acre, culture

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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ag·​ri·​cul·​ture ˈag-ri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio)
: the science or occupation of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock : farming
agriculturist noun
or agriculturalist

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