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 agriculturist (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ -​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculturalist (audio) \ 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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The travel agent in Tehran has a Ph.D. in agriculture but has never been able to find employment in her field. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "As Iran Marks Its Anniversary, Economic Woes Cloud a Pitch for Unity," 10 Feb. 2019 Business Insider reports that Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita, depending heavily on agriculture. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Sasse told reporters that Trump, while being pressed on the impact breaking away from the trade deal had on agriculture, directed his aides to take another look. Dan Merica, CNN, "Farm state Republicans push Trump on trade concerns," 12 Apr. 2018 Transportation, agriculture, and infrastructure will all have to be overhauled. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Upon seeing the reptiles, the officers directed the family to an agriculture specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services because the turtles’ shells were hand painted. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Painted baby turtles perplex customs officers at Dulles airport," 24 Sep. 2018 According to US Customs and Border Protection regulations, all plants brought into the country must be declared and inspected by agriculture specialists. Saskya Vandoorne And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Tree planted by Trump and Macron removed and placed in quarantine," 30 Apr. 2018 Kim Hak Song, an agriculture specialist and evangelical minister who resided with his wife in China, was taken into custody about a month later. Eric Talmadge,, "Summit raises hope North Korea will release 3 US detainees," 13 Mar. 2018 The latest three-day meeting in Washington last week dealt with technology transfer, intellectual property rights, agriculture and enforcement. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China exports rise in March, rebounding from slump," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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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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