cultivate

verb
cul·ti·vate | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt \
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 \ adjective

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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The shortages in his home country during his childhood cultivated an inventive spirit. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Most Wheelchairs Can't Climb Stairs," 2 July 2018 The project includes sod removal, cultivating, laser grading, roller, new sod installation and fertilizer on three multi-purpose athletic fields in the park, according to village documents. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New sod to be installed at Seminole Palms Park fields," 12 June 2018 If Maryland can cultivate points from other sources, that should force future defenses to respect the other members of the offense. 2. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "What we learned from the Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament semifinals," 4 May 2018 Regardless, this carrion connection has cultivated some oddball gardening behaviors, including the hanging of roadkill in trees, to attract pollinators. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 In reality, this arc is super-fertile, cultivated land surrounded by dense forest. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "The prehistoric shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico is so fertile you can see it from space," 12 July 2018 Humans have a long history of manipulating crops; cultivating strains to withstand certain conditions. Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati.com, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 But the dramatic focus is less on the realization of her carefully cultivated potential than on the way adults project their own disappointments and desires onto this feisty young baseliner. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Amanda Peet's 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough': A tennis prodigy learns life's score," 29 June 2018 The myth of a distinct supply chain—where a person either cultivates or deals or possesses or uses, but never more than one—doesn’t tend to map onto reality. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018

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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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The first known use of cultivate was in 1588

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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 \
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 \
cultivated; cultivating

Medical Definition of cultivate 

: culture sense 1 viruses cultivated in brain tissue

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