agriculture

noun

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 COP27—which to its credit is putting food on the agenda—set specific goals for energy, but was conspicuously vague on agriculture. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 Health officials are also increasingly concerned about the microplastics released by plastics that come into contact with water used for agriculture or drinking. Ciara Nugent, Time, 12 Nov. 2022 Longabardi, who was introduced to sustainable ingredients in the early days of the farm-to-fork movement in restaurants, soon became interested in pursuing local agriculture himself. Alyson Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Changes in land use, such as from deforestation and agriculture, were a significant source of emissions, contributing 3.9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2022. Denise Chow, NBC News, 11 Nov. 2022 The Farmhouse has also teamed up with Plymouth South High School to offer students outdoor education programs geared around gardening and agriculture, solar energy, animals, and more. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2022 Supporters of the measure say agriculture's influence in the area cannot be understated. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2022 Yet the priority on agriculture has meant more water shortages for villages and cities. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2022 The beech leaf disease is another invasive species that potentially pose the risk of affecting Michigan's agriculture. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agriculture. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

agriculture

noun

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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