Meaning of “agriculture” in the English Dictionary

"agriculture" in British English

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agriculturenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæɡ.rɪ.kʌl.tʃər/ us /ˈæɡ.rə.kʌl.tʃɚ/

B2 farming:

Agriculture is still largely based on traditional methods in some countries.
The area depends on agriculture for most of its income.
70 percent of the country's population practises subsistence agriculture.

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  • If agriculture were given priority, the country would easily be able to feed itself.
  • Nationalization of agriculture is on the government's agenda.
  • Tourism has replaced agriculture as the nation's main industry.
  • Changing patterns of agriculture are threatening the countryside.
  • As agriculture became more capital intensive, many farm labourers moved to the towns and cities to look for work.

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

"agriculture" in American English

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agriculturenoun [ U ]

us /ˈæɡ·rɪˌkʌl·tʃər/

the practice or work of farming:

Agriculture and tourism are both important to the region’s economy.
adjective us /ˌæɡ·rɪˈkʌl·tʃər·əl/

Chicago was an important shipping point for agricultural products and livestock.

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

"agriculture" in Business English

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agriculturenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæɡrɪkʌltʃər/ us COMMERCE

the business, science, or activity of farming:

Recent floods have devastated the state’s agriculture, with sharp declines in its production of corn, soy, and wheat crops.
Over the past ten years the area’s labour force has shifted from agriculture to manufacturing.

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