NounIn this new view, genes allow the human mind to learn, remember, imitate, imprint language, absorb culture and express instincts.—Matt Ridley, Time, 2 June 2003Such an explanation seems sensible to a technologically advanced and ruthlessly competitive culture like our own, where anybody who fails to get at least a college degree … risks spending a life busing tables or telemarketing.—Natalie Angier, New York Times, 2 July 2002Underlying the question "Is this as good as it gets?" was a female j'accuse—against a consumer culture where values like caring had been severely discounted.—Susan Faludi, Newsweek, 8 Jan. 2001
a study of Greek language and culture
Her art shows the influence of pop culture.
It's important to learn about other cultures.
The company's corporate culture is focused on increasing profits.
an area that has been criticized for its lack of cultureVerb
The virus is cultured in the laboratory from samples of infected tissue. culture bacteria in laboratory dishesSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
The documentary is a significant component of Akin’s filmography with a mix of Turkish culture, German background and a good pinch of music and lifestyle.—Leo Barraclough, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 Adorned with the iconic and cheeky phrase, ‘Dwight, You Ignorant S…’, this pillowcase instantly sparks conversations and is a must-have for lovers of popular culture.—Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 The pop culture icons, whose tours overlapped in the United States during the summer, made headlines this year for helping boost consumer spending.—Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 CEOs, world leaders and influential figures often tout routines involving early mornings, and hustle culture echoes this sentiment, making bold claims about the life-changing benefits of waking up at 4 a.m., even if that means surviving on just four hours of sleep and several cups of coffee.—Mark Travers, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Apparently, no one has stopped to consider the power of a culture that forced you to borrow its language to condemn it.—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2023 The makeup reflects the AI industry's diversity problem, its regression back toward a hard-nosed culture, and OpenAI's rejection of the caution espoused by its female former directors.—Alan Murray, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2023 But India is also unique, in that Hindu culture places rivers at the center of religious beliefs.—Oliver Franklin-Wallis, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 November darkness is upon us and Thanksgiving prep is ratcheting up, but culture stops for no one.—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023
The test starts by culturing bacteria taken from a swab of body fluid, then directly exposing the bacteria to various penicillin types in a lab.—Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 There are rooms for culturing diseased cells, growing antibodies, and sequencing their DNA: Technicians in lab coats prepare samples and tap away at computers as machines whir in the background.—WIRED, 9 Aug. 2023 One existing option is culturing a single layer of neurons in a petri dish, guiding cells to grow over recording electrodes.—WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 Before that, there was a sense that microorganisms are a very different kingdom of life, and they were studied one at a time and cultured in a laboratory dish.—WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 For over a decade, Shedd has cultured plankton in-house to feed and nourish tens of thousands of animals on site daily.—Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2023 Learn More About Jewelry Turning Sand to Shimmer: Mikimoto has been culturing pearls for 130 years at its scenic complex on Ago Bay in Japan.—John Eligon Joao Silva, New York Times, 29 June 2023 How to brown butter and use it in sweet and savory dishes
All butter used to be cultured.—Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 To create similar models of human development, Hanna and his team started with cell lines previously cultured from early human embryos and with stem cells converted from adult cells.—Bymitch Leslie, science.org, 17 June 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, cultivated land, cultivation, from Anglo-French, from Latin cultura, from cultus, past participle — see cult