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


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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Most of the people currently supporting the cellular agriculture movement are animal rights advocates. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 Instead, seeing the damage done by the kites as mainly an economic threat to agriculture, Israel has opted for an economic response. New York Times, "Unable to Stop Flaming Kites, Israel Moves to Choke Off Gaza Commerce," 9 July 2018 Before Monday, the technology sector had been relatively resilient in the face of steep declines in industrial conglomerates and agriculture firms. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Fall as Trade-War Fears Rattle Markets," 25 June 2018 Here’s what happened: HSBC issued a letter of credit for U.S. food and agriculture firm Cargill to Dutch lender ING. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "The World’s First Trade Finance Transaction on the Blockchain Involves Soybeans," 14 May 2018 Right now, the pending requests of more than 10,000 Floridians rest on the shoulders of four people: the governor, attorney general, CFO and agriculture commissioner. Scott Maxwell,, "In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians," 11 July 2018 Adam Putnam, a former Republican congressman and current state agriculture commissioner who is also running for governor, offered similar praise on Twitter. Anthony Man,, "Florida leaders divided over Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 While Democrats are locked in a close battle for their nomination, a recent NBC/Marist poll showed Republican Adam Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner, opening up a wide lead over Rep. Ron DeSantis, 38 percent to 21 percent. Ali Vitali /, NBC News, "Gwen Graham, the only woman running for Florida gov, hopes to break the glass ceiling," 7 July 2018 Anyone who wants to grow the crop has to be licensed or permitted by the state department of agriculture. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Congress has moved to OK this once-controversial crop, and Idaho could benefit bigtime," 4 July 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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