culture meaning

[ 'kʌltʃə ] Pronunciation:   "culture" in a sentence
Noun: culture  kúlchu(r)
  1. A particular society at a particular time and place
    - civilization, civilisation [Brit] 
  2. The tastes in art and manners that are favoured by a social group 
  3. All the knowledge and values shared by a society
    - acculturation 
  4. (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)
    "the culture of cells in a Petri dish" 
  5. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    - polish, refinement, cultivation, finish 
  6. The attitudes and behaviour that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization
    "the developing drug culture"; "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture" 
  7. The raising of plants or animals
    "the culture of oysters"
Verb: culture  kúlchu(r)
  1. Grow in a special preparation

Derived forms: cultures, culturing, cultured

See also: acculturate, cross-cultural, cultural, sociocultural, transcultural

Type of: appreciation, attitude, cognitive content, content, cultivation, development, discernment, flawlessness, grow, growing, growth, maturation, mental attitude, mental object, ne plus ultra, ontogenesis, ontogeny, perceptiveness, perfection, society, taste

Encyclopedia: Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Culture Culture, Society and Masculinities Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

noun [C,U]


the ways in which people in an organization relate to each other and deal with their work:

Team meetings are part of the company's culture.

We have a culture in which staff work quickly.

developing a culture of innovation

There was a culture clash between the two halves of the newly merged company.

❖ to create/develop/have/promote a culture (of sth)

business/company/management/organizational/workplace culture

(*) A feature of the terrain that has been constructed by man.
Included are such items as roads, buildings, and canals; boundary lines; and, in a broad sense, all names and legends on a map.

A collective expression for all behavior patterns acquired and socially transmitted through symbols. Culture includes customs,traditions,and language.vt cul·tured; cul·tur·ing
1 : to grow (as microorganisms or tissues) in a prepared medium
2 : to start a culture from ‹culture soil›; also : to make a culture of ‹culture milk›
a : the integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thought, speech, action, and artifacts and depends upon the human capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations
b : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group
a : the act or process of growing living material (as bacteria or viruses) in prepared nutrient media
b : a product of cultivation in nutrient media — cul·tur·al adj — cul·tur·al·ly adv


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  1. this was the culture from which i sprang.
  2. modern culture is scientific in method.
  3. i teach kungfu to promote chinese culture.
  4. he teaches in the university of chinese culture.
  5. italian culture is so streaked with myth.

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