transitive verb (-vated; -vating) Etymology: Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from cultivus cultivable, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere Date: circa 1655 1. to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants) 2. a. to foster the growth of <
cultivate vegetables
b. culture 2a c. to improve by labor, care, or study ; refine <
cultivate the mind
3. further, encourage <
cultivate the arts
4. to seek the society of ; make friends withcultivatable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • cultivate — cul‧ti‧vate [ˈkʌltveɪt] verb [transitive] 1. FARMING to prepare and use land for growing crops and plants: • Some of the land would be impossible to cultivate. 2. to develop a particular skill or quality in yourself: • The company has been… …   Financial and business terms

  • cultivate — [v1] develop land for growing breed, crop, dress, farm, fertilize, garden, harvest, labor, manage, mature, plant, plow, prepare, propagate, raise, ripen, seed, tend, till, work; concepts 253,257 Ant. destroy, ignore, neglect cultivate [v2] enrich …   New thesaurus

  • cultivate — [kul′tə vāt΄] vt. cultivated, cultivating [< ML cultivatus, pp. of cultivare < LL cultivus, tilled < L cultus: see CULT] 1. to prepare and use (soil or land) for growing crops; till 2. to break up the surface soil around (plants) in… …   English World dictionary

  • cultivate — I verb advance, colere, develop, elevate, enrich, farm, forward, foster, further, garden, improve, make better, nourish, nurture, polish, prepare for crops, promote, rarefy, refine, till, train, work II index ameliorate, cause, develop …   Law dictionary

  • cultivate — (v.) early 17c., from M.L. cultivatus, pp. of cultivare, from L.L. cultivus tilled, from L. cultus (see CULT (Cf. cult)). Figurative sense of improve by training or education is from 1680s. Related: Cultivable; cultivated; cultivating …   Etymology dictionary

  • cultivate — nurture, *nurse, foster, cherish Analogous words: develop, *mature, ripen: raise, rear (see LIFT): educate, train, instruct, *teach: *improve, better, ameliorate Contrasted words: *neglect, ignore, disregard, slight …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cultivate — ► VERB 1) prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening. 2) raise or grow (plants or crops). 3) grow or maintain (living cells or tissue) in an artificial medium containing nutrients. 4) try to acquire or develop (a quality or skill). 5) try to… …   English terms dictionary

  • cultivate — 01. They [cultivate] grapes for making excellent wine in many parts of the Okanagan. 02. It is the job of a parent to [cultivate] a sense of self confidence in children. 03. Boris Yeltsin [cultivated] Vladimir Putin as his successor as the leader …   Grammatical examples in English

  • cultivate — [[t]kʌ̱ltɪveɪt[/t]] cultivates, cultivating, cultivated 1) VERB If you cultivate land or crops, you prepare land and grow crops on it. [V n] She also cultivated a small garden of her own. [V ed] ...the few patches of cultivated land. Derived… …   English dictionary

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