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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These correlate with a number of factors, including geography (differences between European and Asian nations, for example) and culture (comparing individualistic versus collectivist societies). James Vincent, The Verge, "Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed," 24 Oct. 2018 Data have been weighted for age, race, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the UnitedStates age 18 and over. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Having a Baby," 1 Oct. 2018 Despite getting a few low grades in art and geography, Express reports that Harry progressed in other areas. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Harry's Dorm Had a Tribute to Princess Diana That Everyone Missed," 31 Aug. 2018 And after spelling and science, next on the schedule is geography. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Can You Score an A+ On This 5th Grade Geography Test?," 31 Aug. 2018 While North America consumers will have to wait until January to receive the larger, $1,099 15-inch Swift 5, Acer hasn’t said when the smaller 14-inch model will be available in this geography, nor has the company revealed its price. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's Swift 5 aims to be the lightest laptop to include Intel's new Whiskey Lake chips," 29 Aug. 2018 The second part will be presented by Alan Perrie, retired world geography teacher from Northeast Middle School. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 Through an accident of geography, Italy has received a significant share of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya—nearly 640,000 since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration. Aryn Baker, Time, "How One Migrant Ship Became a Symptom of a Sick Europe," 12 June 2018 As for other barriers, geography is no longer as relevant to success. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "SXSW: Label Execs, Startup Founders Discuss Barriers to Innovation for New Music Experiences," 19 Mar. 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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