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culture  (ˈkʌltʃə



  1. the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action
  2. the total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group   ⇒ the Mayan culture
  3. a particular civilization at a particular period
  4. the artistic and social pursuits, expression, and tastes valued by a society or class, as in the arts, manners, dress, etc
  5. the enlightenment or refinement resulting from these pursuits
  6. the attitudes, feelings, values, and behaviour that characterize and inform society as a whole or any social group within it   ⇒ yob culture
  7. the cultivation of plants, esp by scientific methods designed to improve stock or to produce new ones
  8. (stockbreeding) the rearing and breeding of animals, esp with a view to improving the strain
  9. the act or practice of tilling or cultivating the soil
  10. (biology)
    1. the experimental growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in a nutrient substance (culture medium), usually under controlled conditions See also culture medium
    2. a group of microorganisms grown in this way

verb (transitive)

  1. to cultivate (plants or animals)
  2. to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium

Derived Forms

ˈculturist  noun
ˈcultureless  adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin cultūra a cultivating, from colere to till; see cult

Translations for 'culture'

  • British English: culture Culture consists of activities such as art, music, literature, and theatre.Movies are part of our popular culture.ˈkʌltʃə NOUN
  • Arabic: ثَقَافَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cultura
  • Chinese: 文化
  • Croatian: kultura
  • Czech: kultura
  • Danish: kultur
  • Dutch: cultuur
  • European Spanish: cultura
  • Finnish: kulttuuri
  • French: culture
  • German: Kultur
  • Greek: πολιτισμός
  • Italian: cultura
  • Japanese: 文化
  • Korean: 문화
  • Norwegian: kultur
  • Polish: kultura
  • Portuguese: cultura
  • Romanian: cultură culturi
  • Russian: культура
  • Spanish: cultura
  • Swedish: kultur
  • Thai: วัฒนธรรม
  • Turkish: kültür
  • Ukrainian: культура
  • Vietnamese: văn hóa

Example Sentences Including 'culture'

He's been down there off and on studying their culture for the past couple of years.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
Or maybe it was the vodka culture that brought them out of themselves.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
East Kreuzberg, known locally by its old GDR postal code, was the heart of the city's youth culture.


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