from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture.
  • noun The process by which the culture of a particular society is instilled in a human from infancy onward.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The process of adopting and assimilating foreign cultural elements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A process by which the culture of an isolated society changes on contact with a different one, especially a more advanced society.
  • noun A process by which a person acquires the culture of the society that he/she inhabits, starting at birth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun all the knowledge and values shared by a society
  • noun the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  • noun the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure


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