culture cul‧ture [ˈkʌltʆə ǁ -ər] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] the ideas, beliefs, and customs that are shared and accepted by people in a society:

• Western culture places a high value on material wealth.

2. [countable, uncountable] the attitudes or beliefs that are shared by a particular group of people or in a particular organization:

• Working late hours seems part of the company culture.

• Can he transform their corporate culture from overstaffed public administration to profit-minded entrepreneurship?

• We have to change our management culture to compete in Asia.

3. [uncountable] 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.

4. [uncountable] FARMING the practice of growing crops:

• land used for strawberry culture

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culture UK US /ˈkʌltʃər/ noun
[C or U] the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time: »

You will need time to get used to working in a different culture.


In today's culture, wireless is part of our daily lives.

[C or U] WORKPLACE the ideas and ways of working that are typical for an organization, and that affect how it does business and how its employees behave: culture (of sth) »

Where I work there's a culture of collaboration.

build/develop/foster, etc. a culture »

Our aim was to foster a culture of innovation at all levels in the company.

business/company/management culture »

This is a handy guide to the management culture in the countries with which we do business.

See also CORPORATE CULTURE(Cf. ↑corporate culture), SAFETY CULTURE(Cf. ↑safety culture)
[U] PRODUCTION the growing of crops: »

The conditions in the area are ideal for vegetable culture.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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