Meaning of “culture” in the English Dictionary

"culture" in British English

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uk /ˈkʌl.tʃər/ us /ˈkʌl.tʃɚ/

culture noun (WAY OF LIFE)

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  • American culture has been exported all over the world.
  • She got some books out of the library and immersed herself in Jewish history and culture.
  • It's a nostalgia trip back into the youth culture of the swinging 60s.
  • Surely it is wrong to try to impose western culture on these people?
  • Each culture had a special ritual to initiate boys into manhood.

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)

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  • I was suffering from an overdose of culture.
  • She's the personification of culture and refinement.
  • The advertising industry's use of classic songs is vandalism of popular culture, he said.
  • There's not much here in the way of culture.

cultureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkʌl.tʃər/ us /ˈkʌl.tʃɚ/ specialized

(Definition of “culture” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"culture" in American English

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us /ˈkʌl·tʃər/

culture noun (WAY OF LIFE)

social studies [ C/U ] the way of life of a particular people, esp. as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs:

[ U ] He studied the culture of the Sioux Indians.

culture noun (ARTS)

culture noun (ARTIFICIAL GROWTH)

biology [ C ] the growing of a group of microorganisms (= very small organisms) or other cells in an artificial environment for scientific purposes, or a group of organisms so grown

cultureverb [ T ]


culture verb [ T ] (GROW ARTIFICIALLY)

biology to grow cells, bacteria, or similar things for scientific purposes

(Definition of “culture” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"culture" in Business English

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uk /ˈkʌltʃər/ us

[ C or U ] the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time:

You will need time to get used to working in a different culture.
In today's culture, wireless is part of our daily lives.

[ C or U ] WORKPLACE the ideas and ways of working that are typical for an organization, and that affect how it does business and how its employees behave:

culture (of sth) Where I work there's a culture of collaboration.
build/develop/foster, etc. a culture Our aim was to foster a culture of innovation at all levels in the company.
business/company/management culture This is a handy guide to the management culture in the countries with which we do business.

[ U ] PRODUCTION the growing of crops:

The conditions in the area are ideal for vegetable culture.

(Definition of “culture” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)