cultivate

verb
cul·​ti·​vate | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce cultivate (audio) \
cultivated; cultivating

Definition of cultivate

transitive verb

1 : to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops Some fields are cultivated while others lie fallow. also : to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)
2a : to foster the growth of cultivate vegetables cultivate coffee
b : culture sense 2a cultivate oysters for pearls
c : to improve by labor, care, or study : refine cultivate the mind cultivated a reputation as a hard-core wheeler-dealer …— Kit Boss
3 : further, encourage cultivate the arts
4 : to seek the society of : make friends with looking for influential people to cultivate as friends

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Other Words from cultivate

cultivatable \ ˈkəl-​tə-​ˌvā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce cultivatable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for cultivate

Synonyms

acquire, develop, form

Antonyms

lose

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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.
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Following the controversy, the Academy ramped up its membership efforts in hopes of cultivating a larger, more diverse voting body. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "The Academy Just Invited 842 New Members — Including Lady Gaga, Tom Holland and Sterling K. Brown," 2 July 2019 The method of cultivating this asset was neither gentle cajoling nor persuasion, but torture, rape, and child trafficking. Time, "Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Criticized Mitch McConnell for Saying Slavery's Effects Were in the Past," 19 June 2019 The method of cultivating this asset was neither gentle cajoling, nor persuasion, but torture, rape, and child trafficking. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Watch Ta-Nehisi Coates school Mitch McConnell on American history," 19 June 2019 Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a company that believes in cultivating a culture with an all-in mindset. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "On the Move: Relocation Spotlight on Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene," 16 June 2019 Howard said his donations and the fundraiser are not about cultivating a relationship with Garcia for professional gain. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Why is 'outsider' Carlos Garcia taking money from Phoenix developers?," 11 June 2019 One of the ways that monks and nuns have dealt with this challenge is by cultivating a sense of inner silence and inner stillness through practices like meditation, prayer and sitting in solitude. Kim Haines-eitzen, The Conversation, "The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now," 10 June 2019 Aside from cultivating Asian creative talent, ACN also allows for discourse about specific issues that Asians often encounter in the creative space. Belle Lu, NBC News, "A Facebook group for Asian creatives made an Ariana Grande parody possible," 3 June 2019 In all, more than 50 disciplines are offered at the center, from welding to coding to cultivating flowers, and the approach seems remarkably effective. Mario Calvo-platero, Town & Country, "This Renzo Mongiardino–Designed Home in Milan Has a Beautiful Secret," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of cultivate

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cultivate

Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from cultivus cultivable, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere — see cult

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More Definitions for cultivate

cultivate

verb

English Language Learners 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

cultivate

verb
cul·​ti·​vate | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce cultivate (audio) \
cultivated; cultivating

Kids Definition of cultivate

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

cultivate

transitive verb
cul·​ti·​vate | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce cultivate (audio) \
cultivated; cultivating

Medical Definition of cultivate

: culture sense 1 viruses cultivated in brain tissue

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