Definition of “culture” - English Dictionary

“culture” in English

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uk /ˈkʌl.tʃər/ us /ˈkʌl.tʃɚ/

culture noun (WAY OF LIFE)

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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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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)

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We must ask ourselves why measures taken in the past have repeatedly failed to create a culture of enjoyment in football for everybody.
We therefore need broad cooperation which aims to guarantee the sharing of responsibility among all those countries which currently have a similar security and defence culture and objective.
I have found it remarkably difficult to get important documents and information from it on a number of occasions, especially for various budget lines relating to culture.
In order to unlock this potential we need to make changes, not only to the regulatory environment but also to the culture.
Culture and education cannot abide bureaucracy.
I am thrilled about the fact that we can, as it were, close off a chapter of fear and a culture of self-interest.
Let us make borders a real filter for crime and criminals, and not a barrier to development, culture or the prosperity of peoples.
We need legitimacy, which is born of greater efficiency, activity-based management, the creation of a culture of accountability, greater transparency, user-friendly administrative services and decentralisation.
We must ensure that future legislation does not become an electronic straitjacket, but a framework within which the culture, societal debate and interactive life of the future can unfold.
Hence as a result of deliberate policies an entire people with its unique culture and identity are facing the threat of extinction.