ge·og·ra·phy | \jē-ˈä-grə-fē \
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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The new uncertainty comes as many insurers have been seeing their best financial results so far for ACA plans, and some are expanding into new geographies for next year. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump’s Latest Affordable Care Act Move Adds to Insurers’ Uncertainty," 8 July 2018 Thus endowed with a centripetal, unifying geography that encouraged a single language, the easy exchange of ideas, and favored the emergence of a continental power, North America stood ready to achieve world primacy. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The Veterans Choice Program also initially outsourced the process of making appointments to the Lower 48, which was problematic for Alaska veterans, who were faced with staffers with no understanding of the state's geography. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "What the new VA health care bill means for Alaska’s veterans," 24 May 2018 Having fun with geography, Rocca asked the finalists to try to stump him. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "30th Annual National Geographic Bee Winners Nail Tough Questions," 23 May 2018 Their analysis gets some additional support from geography. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 Like those lowercase Nasa businesses, Mediterraneo also sticks to its theme, which is literally geography. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "The Houston Restaurant That Astronauts—and My Grandparents—Hit Up for Lunch," 6 June 2018 What’s more, the upper chambers’ political geography makes it all-but impossible for Democrats to assemble 60 progressive Senate votes. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "A Progressive President Could Accomplish a Lot By Following Trump’s Example," 3 June 2018 Throughout the museum, three art pieces of equivalent aesthetics are strategically displayed in a case to convey the commonalities of artistic evolution despite hailing from a different geography or era. Kara Ladd, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Dubai," 4 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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