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cultivate

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verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

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

cul·ti·vat·edcul·ti·vat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also :  to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)

  3. 2 a :  to foster the growth of <cultivate vegetables> b :  culture 2a c :  to improve by labor, care, or study :  refine <cultivate the mind>

  4. 3 :  further, encourage <cultivate the arts>

  5. 4 :  to seek the society of :  make friends with

cul·ti·vat·able play \-ˌvā-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of cultivate

  1. Prehistoric peoples settled the area and began to cultivate the land.

  2. Some of the fields are cultivated while others lie fallow.

  3. a plant that is cultivated for its fruit

  4. They survived by cultivating vegetables and grain.

  5. He has carefully cultivated his image.

  6. 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

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CULTIVATE Defined for Kids

cultivate

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verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of cultivate

cul·ti·vat·edcul·ti·vat·ing

  1. 1 :  to prepare land for the raising of crops <cultivate a field>

  2. 2 :  to raise or assist the growth of crops by tilling or by labor and care <cultivate corn>

  3. 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. 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>




Medical Dictionary

cultivate

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transitive verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of cultivate

cul·ti·vat·edcul·ti·vat·ing

  1. :  culture 1 <viruses cultivated in brain tissue>





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