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
Recent Examples on the Web But its political geography is fraught, craggy with sharp oppositions. Nikil Saval, The New Republic, "The Future of the Democratic Party Is in Pennsylvania," 26 Oct. 2020 And because each state is different—in geography, density, income, and in the trust its residents do (or don’t) have in their leaders—each state is going to have to devise its own plan. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "In the US, 50 States Could Mean 50 Vaccine Rollout Strategies," 16 Oct. 2020 And unlike in other popular tourist spots, Hawaii’s woes stem from its remote geography and, until now, a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the islands, preventing almost all tourism. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Devastated by lockdowns, Hawaii’s struggling tourism industry pins its hopes on the first signs of reopening," 15 Oct. 2020 Rural areas still cover 97 percent of our geography. Sarah Smarsh, National Geographic, "America’s postal service is a rural lifeline—and it’s in jeopardy," 9 Oct. 2020 Its sprawling geography — from the sparse, open Plains to the undulating Sandhills and bustling cities. USA Today, "Who is your Woman of the Century?," 13 Aug. 2020 Though its geography is limited, this map reveals the inherent bias of mapmakers to place themselves at the literal center of the world. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Why Maps Are Civilization’s Greatest Tool," 6 Aug. 2020 That's partly due to the conflict, but also because of its geography. Thomas Page, CNN, "In Colombia, scientists are finding new species in uncharted territory," 30 July 2020 Typically paired with white Keds or Sam & Libby flats—shoe preference likely depended on your geography— the dresses evoked a certain prairie prep. Elizabeth Fallin, Country Living, "'80s Laura Ashley Dresses Are Now Worth Hundreds on Etsy and eBay," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Geography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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