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 agriculturist (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculturalist (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 Solid performances in the construction and services sectors offset flat growth in agriculture and manufacturing. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 Nov. 2019 Roman rule brought advances in agriculture and infrastructure, the Latin language flourished, and Romans founded Barcino, which became the region’s largest city and current capital, Barcelona. National Geographic, "Why Spain’s wealthiest region wants independence," 1 Nov. 2019 There are numerous causes behind the rapid decline in bees, from aggressive development destroying habitats to intensive use of chemicals in agriculture. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "California Beekeeper Thinks 'Rewilding' Might Save Bees," 25 Oct. 2019 More than half of working Africans have jobs in agriculture, but poor infrastructure, inadequate tools and a lack of investment have left the continent's mostly small-scale farms struggling to feed a growing population. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "How technology is helping African farms to flourish," 18 Oct. 2019 The 16-year-old winner was Tuan Dolmen of Turkey, who found a way to harness energy from tree vibrations to power digital applications in agriculture. Curtis Brainard, Scientific American, "Lucy in the Sky with Crystals," 17 Oct. 2019 Throughout his life, Gamble has been intimately involved with sustainability in agriculture. Jill K. Robinson,, "The farmer who protects Wine Country," 11 Oct. 2019 The day sticks with everyone connected with the guard’s mission at Forward Operating Base Ghazni, where Texans specializing in agriculture and animal husbandry worked to help Afghan farmers break away from centuries of subsistence life. Sig Christenson,, "After 18 years, Texas veterans wonder how long U.S. can stay in Afghanistan," 15 Sep. 2019 Amid the political turmoil, the economy of Zimbabwe, traditionally rich in agriculture and minerals, deteriorated. Author: Farai Mutsaka, Christopher Torchia, Anchorage Daily News, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary who helped liberate and destroy his country, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 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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19 Nov 2019

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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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