cultivate

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verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of cultivate

cultivated

;

cultivating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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)

  3. 2a :  to foster the growth of <cultivate vegetables> <cultivate coffee>b :  culture 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>

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

  5. 4 :  to seek the society of :  make friends with <looking for influential people to cultivate as friends>

cultivatable

play \-ˌvā-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of cultivate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of cultivate

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


First Known Use: 1588

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CULTIVATE Defined for English Language Learners

cultivate

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verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of cultivate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cultivate

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verb cul·ti·vate \ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of cultivate for Students

cultivated

cultivating

  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

cultivated

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cultivating

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



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