1. culture, civilization, civilisation, society

usage: a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"

2. culture, taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness

usage: the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

3. acculturation, culture, content, cognitive content, mental object

usage: all the knowledge and values shared by a society

4. culture, growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis

usage: (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); "the culture of cells in a Petri dish"

5. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish, perfection, flawlessness, ne plus ultra

usage: 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

6. culture, attitude, mental attitude

usage: 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. culture, cultivation

usage: the raising of plants or animals; "the culture of oysters"


1. culture, grow

usage: grow in a special preparation; "the biologist grows microorganisms"

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