agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \

Definition of agriculture

: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products cleared the land to use it for agriculture

Other Words from agriculture

agriculturist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \ noun

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Examples of agriculture in a Sentence

They cleared the land to use it for agriculture. the forest was cut down, and the land given over to agriculture
Recent Examples on the Web Groszhans had business dealings with the agriculture minister. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 For areas that frequently experience subfreezing conditions, such as the Antelope Valley, freeze warnings — often directed at agriculture — are not issued for every event, Kittell said. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 Farm fires in the agriculture-majority states of Punjab and Haryana heavily impact Delhi’s air quality. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 22 Nov. 2021 For example, areas with farming and agriculture need water for irrigation. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021 These are rural states, and in many of them, agriculture plays an important, if not dominant, role. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2021 The organization said the rulemaking process favors agriculture, instead of protecting the public. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 Waters clouded by sediment and algae, a product of development and agriculture on nearby lands, became less hospitable to darters and their prey. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Supervisor Joel Anderson also expressed concern for rural residents and said enhancing local agriculture could reduce the carbon footprint of food imports. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of agriculture

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agriculture

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin agricultura, from ager field + cultura cultivation — more at acre, culture

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The first known use of agriculture was in the 15th century

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29 Nov 2021

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“Agriculture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agriculture. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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agriculture

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English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming

agriculture

noun
ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \

Kids Definition of agriculture

: the cultivating of the soil, producing of crops, and raising of livestock

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