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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The truth is that affluence, education, geography and other things say far more about the distribution of votes than does race. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "St. Beto and the August altar call," 30 Aug. 2018 For Cullen, who graduated with a 4.46 cumulative GPA and 13 AP classes, her favorite classes were human geography and AP English Literature. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway High valedictorian, salutatorian reflect on high school careers," 21 June 2018 The system’s overall effectiveness depends in large part on Japan’s unique geography and some very smart alignment between transportation and real estate planning. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "These Subtle Psychological Hacks Keep Japan's Trains Running Smoothly," 27 May 2018 How did the geography and geopolitical landscape of South Africa influence the sound of this album? Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Oliver Koletzki Teams Up With Niko Schwind for South Africa-Inspired 'Kasai': Exclusive," 24 May 2018 Milo and colleagues took earlier research that looked at biomass for different types of life, combined them, factored in climate, geography and other environmental issues, to come up with a planetwide look at the scale of life on the planet. Seth Borenstein,, "The weight of the world: Pound for pound, humans just a tiny sliver of life," 22 May 2018 One reason is geography and the inherent segregation of Kansas City’s neighborhoods. Aaron Randle And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Black KC drivers get more tickets than whites. Race is only part of the problem | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 But data flows show little regard for borders, and digital businesses operate across geographies and jurisdictions, so national standards can ultimately only achieve so much. Kai Keller, WIRED, "Data Protection Standards Need to Be Global," 29 Apr. 2018 Popular categories include sports, history, geography and pop culture. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Trivia tradition in Elgin provides a boost for adult literacy," 28 Apr. 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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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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