Simple Definition of cultivate
: to prepare and use (soil) for growing plants
: to grow and care for (plants)
: to grow or raise (something) under conditions that you can control
Full Definition of cultivate
1 : to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also : to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)
4 : to seek the society of : make friends with
Examples of cultivate in a sentence
Prehistoric peoples settled the area and began to cultivate the land.
Some of the fields are cultivated while others lie fallow.
a plant that is cultivated for its fruit
They survived by cultivating vegetables and grain.
He has carefully cultivated his image.
She cultivated a taste for fine wines.
Origin of cultivate
Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from cultivus cultivable, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere
First Known Use: circa 1655
CULTIVATE Defined for Kids
Definition of cultivate for Students
1 : to prepare land for the raising of crops <cultivate a field>
2 : to raise or assist the growth of crops by tilling or by labor and care <cultivate corn>
3 : to improve or develop by careful attention, training, or study : devote time and thought to <He's trying to cultivate a better attitude.>
4 : to seek the company and friendship of <As soon as Johnny began to cultivate Dove, he was surprised at the response. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>
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