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English noun: culture

1. culture (group) a particular society at a particular time and place

SamplesEarly Mayan civilization.

Synonymscivilisation, civilization

Broader (hypernym)society

Narrower (hyponym)Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture, Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture, Indus civilization, Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture, Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture, Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture, Western civilization, Western culture

Part holonymsubculture

Domain categoryarchaeology, archeology

2. culture (cognition) the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

Broader (hypernym)appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste

Narrower (hyponym)counterculture, letters, mass culture

3. culture (cognition) all the knowledge and values shared by a society


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)meme

4. culture (act) (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)

SamplesThe culture of cells in a Petri dish.

Broader (hypernym)development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

Narrower (hyponym)starter

Domain categorybiological science, biology

5. culture (state) a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

SamplesThey performed with great polish.
I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose.
Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art.

Synonymscultivation, finish, polish, refinement

Broader (hypernym)flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection

6. culture (cognition) the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization

SamplesThe developing drug culture.
The reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture.

Broader (hypernym)attitude, mental attitude

Narrower (hyponym)cyberculture, Kalashnikov culture, mosaic culture

7. culture (act) the raising of plants or animals

SamplesThe culture of oysters.

Broader (hypernym)cultivation

Narrower (hyponym)cranberry culture, monoculture, tillage, viniculture, viticulture

English verb: culture

1. culture (change) grow in a special preparation

SamplesThe biologist grows microorganisms.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)grow

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