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culture

noun cul·ture \ ˈkəl-chər \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of culture

1 a : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
  • popular culture
  • Southern culture
b : the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization
  • a corporate culture focused on the bottom line
c : the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic
  • studying the effect of computers on print culture
  • Changing the culture of materialism will take time …
  • —Peggy O'Mara
d : the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations
2 a : enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training
b : acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities, and broad aspects of science as distinguished from vocational and technical skills
  • a person of culture
3 : the act or process of cultivating living material (such as bacteria or viruses) in prepared nutrient media; also : a product of such cultivation
4 : cultivation, tillage
  • We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.
  • —Alexander Pope
5 : the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education
6 : expert care and training
  • beauty culture

Examples of culture in a Sentence

  1. In this new view, genes allow the human mind to learn, remember, imitate, imprint language, absorb culture and express instincts. —Matt RidleyTime2 June 2003
  2. Such 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 AngierNew York Times2 July 2002
  3. There is an Arctic Indian tribe, the Gwich'in—the northernmost Indians in the United States—who base their diet and culture on the caribou. —Jimmy CarterNational Geographic TravelerOctober 2001
  4. Underlying 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 FaludiNewsweek8 Jan. 2001
  5. a study of Greek language and culture

  6. Her art shows the influence of pop culture.

  7. It's important to learn about other cultures.

  8. The company's corporate culture is focused on increasing profits.

  9. an area that has been criticized for its lack of culture

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Origin and Etymology of culture

Middle English, cultivated land, cultivation, from Anglo-French, from Latin cultura, from cultus, past participle — see cult

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culture

verb

Definition of culture

cultured; culturing play \ˈkəlch-riŋ, ˈkəl-chə-\
transitive verb
1 : cultivate
2 a : to grow in a prepared medium
  • culture microorganisms
b : to start a culture from (see 1culture 3)
  • culture soil

Examples of culture in a Sentence

  1. The virus is cultured in the laboratory from samples of infected tissue.

  2. culture bacteria in laboratory dishes

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Origin and Etymology of culture

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CULTURE Defined for English Language Learners

culture

noun

Definition of culture for English Language Learners

  • : the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time

  • : a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.

  • : a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)


culture

verb

Definition of culture for English Language Learners

  • : to grow (something) in controlled conditions


CULTURE Defined for Kids

culture

noun cul·ture \ ˈkəl-chər \

Definition of culture for Students

1 : cultivation 1
2 : the raising or development (as of a crop or product) by careful attention
  • grape culture
3 : the appreciation and knowledge of the arts (as music, dance, and painting)
4 : the habits, beliefs, and traditions of a particular people, place, or time
  • Greek culture

Medical Dictionary

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culture

noun cul·ture \ ˈkəl-chər \

medical Definition of culture

1 a : the integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thought, speech, action, and artifacts and depends upon the human capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations
b : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group
2 a : the act or process of growing living material (as bacteria or viruses) in prepared nutrient media
b : a product of cultivation in nutrient media

cultural

play \ˈkəlch(-ə)-rəl\ adjective

culturally

play \-rə-lē\ adverb

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culture

transitive verb

medical Definition of culture

cultured; culturing play \ˈkəlch-(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to grow (as microorganisms or tissues) in a prepared medium
2 : to start a culture from
  • culture soil
; also : to make a culture of
  • culture milk


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