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Definition of 'culture'


  1. a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
       Synonyms: civilization civilisation
  2. the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
  3. all the knowledge and values shared by a society
       Synonyms: 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; "they 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"--Joseph Conrad
       Synonyms: polish refinement cultivation finish
  6. the attitudes and behavior 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"

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