Definition of "culture" []

  • The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. (noun)
  • These patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population: Edwardian culture; Japanese culture; the culture of poverty. (noun)
  • These patterns, traits, and products considered with respect to a particular category, such as a field, subject, or mode of expression: religious culture in the Middle Ages; musical culture; oral culture. (noun)
  • The predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization. (noun)
  • Intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced by it. (noun)
  • The total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action (noun)

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  • 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 (noun)
  • A particular civilization at a particular period (noun)
  • The artistic and social pursuits, expression, and tastes valued by a society or class, as in the arts, manners, dress, etc (noun)
  • The enlightenment or refinement resulting from these pursuits (noun)
  • The attitudes, feelings, values, and behaviour that characterize and inform society as a whole or any social group within it (noun)
  • The cultivation of plants, esp by scientific methods designed to improve stock or to produce new ones (noun)
  • The rearing and breeding of animals, esp with a view to improving the strain (noun)
  • The act or practice of tilling or cultivating the soil (noun)
  • The experimental growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in a nutrient substance (culture medium), usually under controlled conditions (noun)
  • A group of microorganisms grown in this way (noun)
  • To cultivate (plants or animals) (verb)
  • To grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "culture" in a sentence
  • "(c) The people of the culture farther west, the _north-west culture_, were not Mongols."
  • "Here, too, the line of the extant culture, -- the narrow indented boundary of the _culture_ that professed to take all is always defining the new, -- cutting out the wild not yet visited by the art of man; -- only here the criticism is much more lively, because here 'we come _to particulars_,' a thing which the new philosophy -- much insists on; and though this want in learning, and the wildness it leaves, is that which makes tragedies in this method of exhibition; it has its comical aspect also; and this is the laughing and weeping philosopher in one who manages these representations; and in this case it is the comical aspect of the subject that is seized on."
  • "But trying to come up with a definition made me realize just how vast and encompassing the term "culture" actually was and how many things together make up the culture of a group or civilization."