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culture

noun uk   /ˈkʌl.tʃər/ us    /-tʃɚ/

culture noun (WAY OF LIFE)

B1 [C or U] the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time: youth/working-class culture She's studying modern Japanese language and culture.
See also
Lifestyles and their study

culture noun (ART)

B1 [U] music, art, theatre, literature, etc.: You won't find much culture in this sleepy little town, I'm afraid! popular culture (= the books, music, etc. liked by most people)Art and culture

culture noun (GROWING)

[C or U] specialized biology cells, tissues, organs, or organisms grown for scientific purposes, or the activity of breeding and keeping particular living things in order to get the substances they produceBacteria, moulds, germs and viruses

culture

verb [T] uk   /ˈkʌl.tʃər/ us    /-tʃɚ/ specialized
to breed and keep particular living things in order to get the substances they produceBacteria, moulds, germs and viruses
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