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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agriculturist \ˌa-gri-ˈkəl-ch(ə-)rist \ or agriculturalist \-ch(ə-)rə-list \ noun

Synonyms for agriculture


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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More than 70% of the workforce in both Vietnam in the mid-1980s and China in the late 1970s (when its economic reforms started) was in agriculture. The Economist, "Is North Korea the next Vietnam? Don’t count on it," 12 July 2018 King, concerned with waste in agriculture, had noted that siloed crops got stuck and rotted in the corners of traditional rectangular silos. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 In southern Oregon and California, the Klan also targeted Mexican Americans, as well as Mexican nationals who came north to work in agriculture. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Nationwide, one in five Iraqis works in agriculture. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 But underlying this mountain of cheese is a tale of an already volatile agriculture industry in even more flux in the Trump era. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 2018 Matthew Staebner, son of Craig and grandson of Ernie, said that changes in the market, in the price of milk, and in New England agriculture led to the sale. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Blue Slope Farm Sells Off Its Milking Herd," 2 July 2018 San Jose was also where Cesar Chavez would first learn about labor organizing, after cutting his teeth in agriculture. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?," 25 June 2018 With a century of economic, political, and cultural investment in agriculture, farming in the Panhandle isn’t likely to go extinct. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid drought in Texas Panhandle, farmers scratch crops from dust," 30 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming


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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