- culture [kul′chər]n.[ME < L cultura < colere: see CULT]1. cultivation of the soil2. production, development, or improvement of a particular plant, animal, commodity, etc.3.a) the growth of bacteria, microorganisms, or other plant and animal cells in a specially prepared nourishing fluid or solidb) a colony of microorganisms or cells thus grown4.a) development, improvement, or refinement of the intellect, emotions, interests, manners, and tasteb) the result of this; refined ways of thinking, talking, and acting5. development or improvement of physical qualities by special training or care [body culture, voice culture]6.a) the ideas, customs, skills, arts, etc. of a people or group, that are transferred, communicated, or passed along, as in or to succeeding generationsb) such ideas, customs, etc. of a particular people or group in a particular period; civilizationc) the particular people or group having such ideas, customs, etc.vt.cultured, culturing1. to cultivate2. to grow (microorganisms or cells) in a specially prepared medium
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.