culture

noun
1 IN A SOCIETY (C, U) the ideas, beliefs, and customs that are shared and accepted by people in a society: Our culture teaches us to hide a lot of our true feelings. | black culture | Western/British/Japanese etc culture: Western culture places a high value on material acquisition.
2 culture shock the feelings of shock and anxiety that someone has when they visit a foreign country or a new place for the first time: John found life in London a bit of a culture shock at first.
3 IN A GROUP (C, U) the attitudes and beliefs about something that are shared by a particular group of people or in a particular organization: Working late hours for very little money seems part of the company culture. | drug/computer etc culture: 90's rave culture | youth culture
-see also: subculture
4 ART/MUSIC/LITERATURE (U) activities that are related to art, music, literature etc: If it's culture you're looking for, the city has plenty of museums and art galleries. | popular culture (=the music, books, films etc that are liked by most people in a society)
5 SOCIETY (C) a society that existed at a particular time in history: primitive cultures | the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures
-see also: civilization
6 CROPS (U) technical the practice of growing crops: strawberry culture
7 SCIENCE (C, U) the process of growing bacteria for scientific use, or the bacteria produced by this

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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