Definition of geography in English:


Syllabification: ge·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /jēˈäɡrəfē


1The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.
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  • For a work of economic geography, there are few maps, and none of them is very detailed.
  • He studied languages and geography, developing a keen interest in other cultures.
  • A degree in geography won't affect your enjoyment of this film, but knowledge is its own reward.
1.1 [usually in singular] The nature and relative arrangement of places and physical features: knowing the geography and topology of the battlefield
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  • Years later, when my father began to misplace his memory, he would knit together the geographies of the various cities in which he had lived.
  • The hollowing-out of the welfare state and the realignment of the various geographies of power, then, have to be seen as complex, and sometimes contradictory, processes.
  • Although this framework provides a powerful approach to understanding the historical geographies of places, such as Newcastle and Ladysmith, it is also ambitious.


late 15th century: from French géographie or Latin geographia, from Greek geōgraphia, from 'earth' + -graphia 'writing'.



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  • Literary critics and historians may find frustrating this obscuring of textual nuances; however, geographers and urban anthropologists may find nothing amiss.
  • The concern is not with the way scientists and geographers parcel out land in manageable pieces, although this is where the contentiousness surrounding bioregionalism resides.
  • Ancient geographers like Ptolemy presumed that such a place existed, postulating a ‘terra incognita’ that served as an antipodal ballast to their northern land mass.

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