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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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 Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My daughter disapproves of me dating," 24 Apr. 2021 Students enrolled in the agriculture program most recently held an event on April 10 with dozens of local Westwood vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, candles and honey. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Gamble Montessori receives national sustainability award, Ohio's only 2021 Green Ribbon School," 24 Apr. 2021 Citigroup said half its pledge will go toward environmental projects, including renewable energy, water conservation and sustainable agriculture. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Adventures in ESG — JPMorgan’s Own Goal and Other Stories," 24 Apr. 2021 Then came factories at 23%, commercial and residential buildings at 13% and agriculture at 10%. Tom Krisher,, "America’s gas-fueled vehicles imperil Biden’s climate goals for 2030," 23 Apr. 2021 There are measures baked into the Growing Climate Solutions Act to start addressing systemic issues within American agriculture. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Rich People Paying Other Rich People Is Not a Climate “Solution”," 22 Apr. 2021 As the nation restores pork output with more modern agriculture practices, backyard farmers are being replaced by professional operations known as hog hotels, which usually feed more grains to pigs instead of table scraps. Michael Hirtzer, Fortune, "China is already scooping up U.S. corn from the next harvest," 22 Apr. 2021 Nakalembe uses satellite imagery to monitor agriculture and gather data to advance methods and influence policy decisions. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Meet some of the women who are fighting against climate change," 22 Apr. 2021 But in an effort to curb the pet food industry’s environmental impact, a small handful of startups are working to cut animal agriculture out of the equation by using cell-cultured meat. Shelby Vittek, Smithsonian Magazine, "We Won’t Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Too," 22 Apr. 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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27 Apr 2021

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“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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