Cultivated
Cultivate Cul"ti*vate (k?l"t?-v?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cultivated} (-v?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cultivating} (-v?`-t?ng).] [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. {Colony}.] 1. To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil. [1913 Webster]

2. To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought to; to foster; to cherish. [1913 Webster]

Leisure . . . to cultivate general literature. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. To seek the society of; to court intimacy with. [1913 Webster]

I ever looked on Lord Keppel as one of the greatest and best men of his age; and I loved and cultivated him accordingly. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

4. To improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to; to civilize; to refine. [1913 Webster]

To cultivate the wild, licentious savage. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The mind of man hath need to be prepared for piety and virtue; it must be cultivated to the end. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

5. To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing; as, to cultivate corn or grass. [1913 Webster]


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  • cultivated — adj. 1. marked by refinement in taste and manners; as, cultivated tastes in art. Syn: civilized, cultured, genteel, polite. [WordNet 1.5] 2. used for raising crops; of land or soil. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cultivated — cultivated; un·cultivated; …   English syllables

  • cultivated — cultivated, cultured are both used to mean ‘having refined tastes and manners and a good education’, but they part company in other meanings. Cultivated distinguishes a crop raised in a garden from one growing wild; and cultured is used of pearls …   Modern English usage

  • cultivated — [kul′tə vāt΄id] adj. 1. prepared and used for growing crops; tilled [cultivated land] 2. grown by cultivation: opposed to WILD (sense 1) 3. trained and developed; refined; cultured …   English World dictionary

  • cultivated — index civil (polite), literate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cultivated — cul|ti|vat|ed [ˈkʌltıveıtıd] adj 1.) someone who is cultivated is intelligent and knows a lot about music, art, literature etc ▪ a highly cultivated man 2.) cultivated land is land that is used for growing crops or plants ▪ cultivated fields 3.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cultivated — adjective 1 someone who is cultivated is intelligent and knows a lot about music, art, literature etc: It was a pleasure to talk to such a cultivated audience. 2 land that is cultivated is used for growing crops or plants: cultivated fields 3… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cultivated — cul|ti|vat|ed [ kʌltı,veıtəd ] adjective 1. ) a cultivated person is well educated and knows how to behave politely: a cultivated man/voice/accent 2. ) cultivated land is used for growing crops or plants a ) developed from wild crops or plants… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cultivated — [[t]kʌ̱ltɪveɪtɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as cultivated, you mean they are well educated and have good manners. [FORMAL] His mother was an elegant, cultivated woman. Syn: refined 2) ADJ: ADJ n Cultivated plants have been… …   English dictionary

  • cultivated — UK [ˈkʌltɪˌveɪtɪd] / US [ˈkʌltɪˌveɪtəd] adjective 1) a cultivated person is well educated and knows how to behave politely a cultivated man/voice/accent 2) cultivated land is used for growing crops or plants 3) developed from wild crops or plants …   English dictionary

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