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 agriculture (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculture (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 The proposals, which would mostly be funded through the Florida Forever program, would set aside land for conservation, offering limited public access, or allow agriculture operations to continue with limits on future development., 15 Sep. 2021 In the past three decades, an average of 111 days a year were over 100 degrees in Phoenix, and even more in Yuma, where many agriculture jobs are located. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 Zach Frankel of the Utah Rivers Council pushed back, arguing that Utah’s water needs will decline as water-intensive agriculture is displaced by the very growth Albrecht described. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Australian agriculture relies heavily on international backpackers to provide a seasonal workforce. Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 State agriculture officials have confirmed a second case of cattle anthrax in Kidder County. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Though previous studies have estimated emissions from agriculture, the authors say this work is more detailed and comprehensive. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2021 And the plant has other small venture projects that meet existing needs: milling driftwood to produce lumber, buying hides from local trappers and erecting three massive high-tunnel greenhouses for a youth agriculture program. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 Less than 50% of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 across much of the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, CDC data shows, with fewer than one-third of all residents fully inoculated in Kings County. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021

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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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18 Sep 2021

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“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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