cul·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce cultivated (audio) \

Definition of cultivated

: refined, educated cultivated speech cultivated tastes

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Examples of cultivated in a Sentence

the museum's annual gala for charity attracts not only a very wealthy, but also a very cultivated crowd
Recent Examples on the Web For Italian audiences, the gap is made evident through language: Cressy, who is French, speaks cultivated Italian while Sardisco, born in Sicily, uses dialect. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 Startups around the world are racing to raise money to commercialize cultivated animal protein—ranging from beef to kangaroo. Time, 17 Sep. 2021 In addition to her success with Indie, Smith’s cultivated clients locally and won a few awards for her work. Mary Grace Keller,, 23 Aug. 2021 In choosing a cultivated variety of a native plant, pick one whose blooms are fairly similar to those of the wild species. Beth Botts,, 8 Aug. 2021 With growing opposition to foie gras because of animal-cruelty concerns, Nicolas Morin-Forest, Gourmey’s co-founder and CEO, said producing the delicacy from cultivated cells was a way to preserve a centuries-old French culinary tradition., 22 July 2021 This week’s garden calendar includes two scenic ways to stretch your legs in Orange County, while enjoying lots of beautiful plants, both cultivated and wild. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 That popularity has driven a lucrative market in cultivated plants—and sadly, the poaching of wild ones as well. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 That role reversal, a plant that eats animals, has become a popular novelty for many people, driving a lucrative market in cultivated plants — and sadly, the poaching of wild ones. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of cultivated

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cultivated was in 1645

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“Cultivated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cultivated

: raised or grown on a farm or under other controlled conditions
: prepared and used for growing crops
: having or showing good education, taste, and manners


cul·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-təd \

Kids Definition of cultivated

1 : raised or grown on a farm or under other controlled conditions cultivated fruits
2 : having or showing good education and proper manners

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