the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc.
a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture.
development or improvement of the mind by education or training.
the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular group of people, as a social, ethnic, professional, or age group (usually used in combination): the youth culture; the drug culture.
the shared beliefs, behaviors, or social environment connected with a particular aspect of society: the rape culture on campus; the culture of poverty; a culture of celebrity worship.
the values, typical practices, and goals of a business or other organization, especially a large corporation: Their corporate culture frowns on avoiding risk.
Anthropology. the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.
the cultivation of microorganisms, as bacteria, or of tissues, for scientific study, medicinal use, etc.
the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.
the act or practice of cultivating the soil; tillage.
the raising of plants or animals, especially with a view to their improvement.
the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.
to subject to culture; cultivate.
to grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium.
to introduce (living material) into a culture medium.
- an·ti·cul·ture, noun
- in·ter·cul·ture, adjective
- in·ter·cul·ture, noun
- mul·ti·cul·ture, noun
- non·cul·ture, noun
- pre·cul·ture, noun
- su·per·cul·ture, noun
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How to use culture in a sentence
Plenty of cultures have their own version of rice cakes, but we can partially thank a botanist named Alexander Pierce Anderson for laying the groundwork for the American rice cake as we know it.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack | Brenna Houck | September 17, 2020 | Eater
We have a problem with poverty and resources in communities that happen to include a culture of gangs.While We’re Rethinking Policing, It’s Time to End Gang Injunctions | Jamie Wilson | September 15, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
While many brands understandably use a variety of global and local ambassadors, dismissively trading out one’s culture this way is not something I can condone.John Boyega steps down from Jo Malone perfume ambassador role after being replaced in Chinese ad | radmarya | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
They are distanced from the food and water sources they depend on, and they are part of a culture that sees every problem as capable of being solved by money.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Fitzgibbons said that drop culture works because people like to buy into the perceived exclusivity and being able to boast that they were one of the few people able to purchase that item.‘Our goal is to become a massive marketplace’: NTWRK is bringing livestream commerce to a younger generation | Kayleigh Barber | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.
I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy…and it's a legacy that is so important to the culture.
A lot of the culture around movies in the sci-fi/fantasy genre is about deconstructing them ad nauseam.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whether he gets his full due in popular culture remains to be seen.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the oft-talked-about college “hook-up culture” could be embodied by a place, it would be Shooters.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating | Ellie Schaack | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Cuba its culture commenced in 1580, and from this and the other islands large quantities were shipped to Europe.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The culture of expression is a very different thing from the artful imitation of the signs of feeling and purpose.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Yet a child coming under the humanising influences of culture soon gets far away from the level of the savage.Children's Ways | James Sully
Its culture however was looked upon with the same disapproval by Charles II.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It would be a modest guess that Accadian culture implied a growth of at least ten thousand years.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for culture
the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action
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
a particular civilization at a particular period
the artistic and social pursuits, expression, and tastes valued by a society or class, as in the arts, manners, dress, etc
the enlightenment or refinement resulting from these pursuits
the attitudes, feelings, values, and behaviour that characterize and inform society as a whole or any social group within it: yob culture
the cultivation of plants, esp by scientific methods designed to improve stock or to produce new ones
stockbreeding the rearing and breeding of animals, esp with a view to improving the strain
the act or practice of tilling or cultivating the soil
the experimental growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in a nutrient substance (culture medium), usually under controlled conditions: See also culture medium
a group of microorganisms grown in this way
to cultivate (plants or animals)
to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium
- culturist, noun
- cultureless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for culture
A growth of microorganisms, viruses, or tissue cells in a specially prepared nutrient medium under supervised conditions.
The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. Culture is learned and shared within social groups and is transmitted by nongenetic means.
To grow microorganisms, viruses, or tissue cells in a nutrient medium.
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Cultural definitions for culture
The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.