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Definition of culture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    way of life
  1. 1[uncountable] the customs and beliefs, art, way of life, and social organization of a particular country or group European/Islamic/African/American, etc.culture working-class culture
  2. 2[countable] a country, group, etc. with its own beliefs, etc. The children are taught to respect different cultures. the effect of technology on traditional cultures
  3. art/music/literature
  4. 3[uncountable] art, music, literature, etc., thought of as a group Venice is a beautiful city full of culture and history. popular culture (= that is enjoyed by a lot of people)
  5. beliefs/attitudes
  6. 4[countable, uncountable] the beliefs and attitudes about something that people in a particular group or organization share The political cultures of the United States and Europe are very different. A culture of failure exists in some schools. company culture We are living in a consumer culture.
  7. growing/breeding
  8. 5[uncountable] (technology) the growing of plants or breeding of particular animals in order to get a particular substance or crop from them the culture of silkworms (= for silk)
  9. cells/bacteria
  10. 6[countable] (biology) (medical) a group of cells or bacteria, especially one taken from a person or an animal and grown for medical or scientific study, or to produce food; the process of obtaining and growing these cells a culture of cells from the tumor Yogurt is made from active cultures. to do/take a throat culture
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: culture