ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio) \
plural geographies

Definition of geography

1 : a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface
2 : the geographic features of an area
3 : a treatise on geography
4a : a delineation or systematic arrangement of constituent elements : configuration the philosophers … have tried to construct geographies of human reasonTimes Literary Supplement
b : makeup sense 1 her emotional geography

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Examples of geography in a Sentence

studying the geography of the western United States the geography of the region matches ancient descriptions of the location of the lost city

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Some recent initiatives give a hint of what could be possible if the logic of geography were followed through. The Economist, "Brexit or not, Derry will think in all-island terms," 8 Aug. 2019 No health care system -- rooted as each country's is in both its history and geography -- could ever provide a perfect model for the other. Saskya Vandoorne And Melissa Bell, CNN, "The 'dark side' of Finland's famous free health care," 15 Aug. 2019 Offshore borders take different forms in different countries, varying with states’ political institutions, cultural histories, geography, and positions in international, geopolitical hierarchies. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 Diversity is important not just by gender, but also by political party, geography, ethnicity and even economic status, Fernández said. John Wildermuth,, "Women, nonwhites wanted: California redistricting panel struggles for diversity," 25 July 2019 The scope of the protests was unprecedented, both in size, geography, and intensity. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What’s next for Puerto Rico?," 25 July 2019 The geography of the Civil War is repeating itself, but this time with the American South affirming the promise of the Founding — that all men are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights, first among them a right to life. David French, National Review, "The South Is a Pro-Life Stronghold," 11 July 2019 America’s geography is even luckier below the waves, argues Owen Cote of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a new study in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Economist, "China’s maritime expansion reflects a curious mix of ambition and paranoia," 4 July 2019 First, advertisement executives are skeptical that, in today’s world of instant communications and cameras everywhere, geography is meaningfully impactful for endorsement deals. Michael Mccann,, "Kevin Durant And the Inequality of Max Contract Offers," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of geography

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for geography

Latin geographia, from Greek geōgraphia, from geōgraphein to describe the earth's surface, from geō- + graphein to write — more at carve

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

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English Language Learners Definition of geography

: an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc.
: the natural features (such as rivers, mountains, etc.) of a place


ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio) \

Kids Definition of geography

1 : a science that deals with the location of living and nonliving things on earth and the way they affect one another
2 : the natural features of an area the geography of the western United States

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