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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For one thing, the Dumbarton Bridge corridor is part of East Palo Alto’s geography — which means lots of traffic. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Times change: Entrance/exit fee for East Palo Alto?," 5 June 2019 Economics and diplomacy may help to shape the world, but geography still will have its say. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Invest in the Neighborhood," 4 June 2019 European flag-carriers in particular may be doomed to make low returns—because of geography as much as the more familiar problem of fragmented politics. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "U.S. Airlines’ Secret Sauce Isn’t Easy to Export," 3 June 2019 About 30 survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attended the event to honor their geography teacher, Scott Biegel, who was killed protecting his students. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Surfers, students honor slain Parkland teacher during Long Island Pride event," 11 June 2018 Jones defeated Rick Trevino, a former high school history and geography teacher, by 68-32 percent. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Ortiz Jones to face Hurd in S.A. congressional district," 22 May 2018 Linda Beigel Schulman and Michael Schulman lost their son — geography teacher Scott Beigel — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and never got a response from Trump. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Families of Parkland Shooting Victims Say President Trump Hasn't Reached Out to Them," 9 May 2018 The groom’s mother is a geography teacher at Carver Middle School in Tulsa. New York Times, "Lauren Paris, Daniel Jorgenson," 29 Apr. 2018 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

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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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