culture

noun
cul·​ture | \ ˈkəl-chər How to pronounce culture (audio) \

Essential Meaning of culture

1 : the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time a study of Greek language and culture today's youth culture Her art shows the influence of pop/popular culture.
2 : a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc. an ancient culture It's important to learn about other cultures.
3 : a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business) The company's corporate/business culture is focused on increasing profits. There was a culture of success at the school. [=the school's policies and environment encouraged its students' success]

Full Definition of culture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : 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

culture

verb
cultured; culturing\ ˈkəlch-​riŋ How to pronounce culture (audio) , ˈkəl-​chə-​ \

Definition of culture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : cultivate
2a : to grow in a prepared medium culture microorganisms
b : to start a culture from (see culture entry 1 sense 3) culture soil

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Synonyms & Antonyms for culture

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of culture in a Sentence

Noun In this new view, genes allow the human mind to learn, remember, imitate, imprint language, absorb culture and express instincts. — Matt Ridley, Time, 2 June 2003 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 Angier, New York Times, 2 July 2002 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 Carter, National Geographic Traveler, October 2001 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 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 culture Verb The virus is cultured in the laboratory from samples of infected tissue. culture bacteria in laboratory dishes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s great academics, a great coaching staff and a great culture. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 9 Oct. 2021 With no blue-chip young talent to build around, Caserio instead is trying to establish a culture in Houston, for a team that has never reached an AFC Championship game in 19 years of existence. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Don’t overlook opportunities to drive and nurture a solid security culture. Perry Carpenter, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Civil rights attorney Paul Cristallo, who is suing the county on behalf of several former inmates and family members of others who died, said Mills created a culture in the jail of indifference to human life. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 The best solution is arguably learning to abstain from a celebrity culture that encourages us to place more value on a famous woman's appearance than on her body of work. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 This dispatch from former Ozy editor Eugene S. Robinson describes a brutal culture that traversed some complex racial terrain. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 But the driving factor, experts say, is a military culture that has changed considerably since the draft ended in the 1970s. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 6 Oct. 2021 The streaming giant has a somewhat infamous work culture that emphasizes autonomy and transparency at all costs. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Managers should make the company culture a supportive place and work with their employees to keep instances of deliberate no-shows to a bare minimum. Caroline Lee, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Klingenberg also points out that America has always devalued Black contributions to culture. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 All Walker has to do is what his friend Trump did, and stick to culture war issues, and avoid talking about his past. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 For Novavax, those supplies included 2,000-liter bioreactor bags, used to culture cells; depth filters for the purification process; and the growth media, which is used to feed the cells. Sarah Jane Tribble, Quartz, 20 July 2021 To leverage the momentum of ceiling breakers and the energy of young women who are graduating with STEM degrees in record numbers, tech and business leaders need to do more across many areas, from recruitment and training to culture building. Anna Frazzetto, Forbes, 25 June 2021 When their children were younger, Mary Babic and McDaniel brought them to culture camps at Tatitlek, a coastal village south of Valdez. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 For Novavax, those supplies included 2,000-liter bioreactor bags, used to culture cells; depth filters for the purification process; and the growth media, which is used to feed the cells. Sarah Jane Tribble, Quartz, 20 July 2021 For Novavax, those supplies included 2,000-liter bioreactor bags, used to culture cells; depth filters for the purification process; and the growth media, which is used to feed the cells. Sarah Jane Tribble, baltimoresun.com, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of culture

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for culture

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of culture was in the 15th century

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12 Oct 2021

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“Culture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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culture

noun
cul·​ture | \ ˈkəl-chər How to pronounce culture (audio) \

Kids Definition of culture

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

culture

noun
cul·​ture | \ ˈkəl-chər How to pronounce culture (audio) \

Medical Definition of culture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : the act or process of growing living material (as bacteria or viruses) in prepared nutrient media
b : a product of cultivation in nutrient media

Other Words from culture

cultural \ ˈkəlch(-​ə)-​rəl How to pronounce culture (audio) \ adjective
culturally \ -​rə-​lē How to pronounce culture (audio) \ adverb

culture

transitive verb
cultured; culturing\ ˈkəlch-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce culture (audio) \

Medical Definition of culture (Entry 2 of 2)

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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