culture

[[t]kʌ̱ltʃə(r)[/t]]
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cultures, culturing, cultured
1) N-UNCOUNT Culture consists of activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilization and of people's minds.

There is just not enough fun and frivolity in culture today.

...aspects of popular culture.

...France's Minister of Culture and Education.

2) N-COUNT A culture is a particular society or civilization, especially considered in relation to its beliefs, way of life, or art.

...people from different cultures...

I was brought up in a culture that said you must put back into the society what you have taken out.

3) N-COUNT: usu with supp The culture of a particular organization or group consists of the habits of the people in it and the way they generally behave.

But social workers say that this has created a culture of dependency, particularly in urban areas...

The institutions have realised they need to change their culture to improve efficiency and service.

4) N-COUNT In science, a culture is a group of bacteria or cells which are grown, usually in a laboratory as part of an experiment. [TECHNICAL]

...a culture of human cells.

...a number of tissue culture experiments.

5) VERB In science, to culture a group of bacteria or cells means to grow them, usually in a laboratory as part of an experiment. [TECHNICAL]

[V n] To confirm the diagnosis, the hospital laboratory must culture a colony of bacteria.

[V-ed] ...cultured human blood cells.


English dictionary. 2008.

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