culture ( cultures plural & 3rd person present) ( culturing present participle) ( cultured past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Culture consists of activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilization and of people's minds.
...aspects of popular culture., ...France's Minister of Culture and Education.
2 n-count A culture is a particular society or civilization, especially considered in relation to its beliefs, way of life, or art.
...people from different cultures..., I was brought up in a culture that said you must put back into the society what you have taken out.
3 n-count The culture of a particular organization or group consists of the habits of the people in it and the way they generally behave.
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But social workers say that this has created a culture of dependency, particularly in urban areas...
4 n-count In science, a culture is a group of bacteria or cells which are grown, usually in a laboratory as part of an experiment. (TECHNICAL)
...a culture of human cells.
5 verb In science, to culture a group of bacteria or cells means to grow them, usually in a laboratory as part of an experiment. (TECHNICAL) To confirm the diagnosis, the hospital laboratory must culture a colony of bacteria. V n
counter-culture ( counter-cultures plural ) , counterculture Counter-culture is a set of values, ideas, and ways of behaving that are completely different from those of the rest of society. n-var
...a history of British counter-culture.
Culture shock is a feeling of anxiety, loneliness, and confusion that people sometimes experience when they first arrive in another country. n-uncount also a N
Callum, recently arrived in Glasgow, is jobless, homeless, friendless, and suffering from culture shock.
The long-hours culture is the way in which some workers feel that they are expected to work much longer hours than they are paid to do. (BUSINESS) n-sing