Definition of agriculture in US English:



  • The science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.

    • ‘In reality, they were vast slum areas without industry or fertile soil for agriculture.’
    • ‘We've got to make a commitment to try to improve the lives of animals used on farms and in agriculture.’
    • ‘Their decision to leave dairying comes as their two sons pursue careers outside agriculture.’
    • ‘All are based on the food and agriculture industries both vital to the Irish economy.’
    • ‘Aside from some cultivation of sugar cane and cotton, there is little agriculture.’
    • ‘Hedgerows and indigenous species of plants lost though agriculture would be brought back.’
    • ‘The protection of domestic agriculture must be recognised as a food security imperative.’
    • ‘Success in obtaining the required output of food from agriculture depends on soil fertility.’
    • ‘Essentially this ditches almost all animal agriculture except for beef and dairy products.’
    • ‘Mr Egan was on the cusp of a career in which he promised to be devoted to farming and agriculture.’
    • ‘The productivity of the eastern system of agriculture declined in the seventeenth century.’
    • ‘Applicants must come from farm families and plan to pursue a career in the field of agriculture.’
    • ‘The main form of agriculture was pastoral with cattle and sheep being grazed on unenclosed lands.’
    • ‘They have opened the way to a new phase in the history of agriculture, animal breeding and husbandry.’
    • ‘Modern agriculture is justified on the grounds that it produces more on less land.’
    • ‘How did English agriculture manage to raise labour productivity to such high levels?’
    • ‘So bread came before agriculture and agriculture came before culture and civilisation.’
    • ‘If the plants perform as well as hoped, it could dramatically change agriculture.’
    • ‘Soil salinity poses serious limitations to agriculture in many areas around the world.’
    • ‘In recent years, the use of pesticides in agriculture has been increasing steadily.’
    farming, cultivation, tillage, tilling, husbandry, land management, farm management, crofting
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Late Middle English: from Latin agricultura, from ager, agr- ‘field’ + cultura ‘growing, cultivation’.