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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Across the country, in Worthington, Minnesota, an undocumented agriculture worker who spoke with CNN said the community there is terrified, too. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "ICE raids are looming. Panicked immigrants are skipping work, hiding out and bracing for the worst," 12 July 2019 In 1968 — when Underwood returned home to work on the farm with his father after studying agriculture at Cornell University and serving three years in the U.S. Navy — Underwood Ranches was farming on 400 acres. Alexa Díaz,, "Jalapeño farmer wins $23.3 million in heated dispute with Sriracha maker," 12 July 2019 Honeybees pollinate billions of dollars of food crops annually in the United States, but agriculture and other land uses that cut into their supply of pollen, as well as pesticides, parasites and other threats, have them on a sharp decline. CBS News, "EPA to allow use of pesticides beekeepers say "decimate beneficial insects"," 12 July 2019 The new processing line, purchased from a Netherlands manufacturer, represents a $5 million investment by Heatwole and his financing team, which includes agriculture-technology investors such as S2G Ventures. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Corwin Heatwole believes the home team can produce a better bird," 12 July 2019 WABE Radio reports that Scheyett examined 106 cases of suicide among farmers and agriculture workers, which were recorded in the Georgia Violent Death Reporting System from 2008 to 2015. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 The agriculture scientist, community organizer and international speaker, whose hand dexterity is untroubled by an ever-present cigar and who can slip in and out of muddy boots with ease, wants to feed a nation’s hunger for a better life. Kevin Spear,, "Cuban farmer feeds hunger for better way of life," 10 July 2019 Meanwhile, agriculture – including important areas like Yuma and the Imperial Valley, where much of the nation’s valuable winter produce is grown – uses 70% of the river’s water. John Fleck, The Conversation, "Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future," 10 July 2019 Born in Temple, Texas, Torn initially studied agriculture at Texas A&M and acting at the University of Texas. Bob Thomas,, "Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn dies at 88," 10 July 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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