geography

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

Essential Meaning of geography

1 : an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc.
2 : the natural features (such as rivers, mountains, etc.) of a place studying the geography of the western United States regional geographies

Full 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 Will Pico and Oculus split the market by geography? Charlie Fink, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 United Ways’ study contends that other common expenses should be considered, as should how those expenses differ by geography. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2021 Biographies of the artisans, broken down by geography, are intertwined with stories from Bentley and other co-founder Carly Nance’s travels to the artisan shops. Dallas News, 8 July 2021 For more than a year, the city suffered a kind of claustrophobia — isolated by geography, overwhelmed by disease, 2 million people marooned in the middle of the Amazon. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 There are discrepancies among demographic groups and by geography. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 May 2021 The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 9 May 2021 The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2021 The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 3 May 2021

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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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Last Updated

19 Oct 2021

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“Geography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geography. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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geography

noun
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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