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 The venue offers a cultivated and largely local list of craft brews ranging from India pale ales to an apricot wheat. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New York’s Ax-Throwing Bars Hope to Cut Through Pandemic Malaise," 22 Oct. 2020 It is assumed that most cultivated roses can be infected with rose rosette disease and may vary in their susceptibility to it. Tim Johnson,, "Reddish rose stems with extra thorns are distinct signs of possible rose rosette disease in your garden," 6 Sep. 2020 Kelsey’s parents, Jill and Eric Skokan, are the owners of Black Cat Organic Farm (which includes 425 acres total of cultivated and grazing land), as well as its corresponding restaurants Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Community raises more than $212,000 for Boulder family who lost son in devastating weekend crash," 28 July 2020 Sesamum indicum, the cultivated sesame seed, originated in India. Dallas News, "Super sesame: 5 recipes for chicken wings, hummus, halva and even ice cream," 24 July 2020 Thus Humboldt cultivated proxies — explorers who traveled to the U.S. in his stead and with his support. Eleanor Jones Harvey, Smithsonian Magazine, "Who Was Alexander von Humboldt?," 24 Mar. 2020 Her dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories, many of them set in western New York, forgo an air of cool mastery in favor of a kind of cultivated vulnerability, an openness to engulfment. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "The Unruly Genius of Joyce Carol Oates," 29 June 2020 With 200 acres dedicated to cultivated gardens and special collections, as well as more than 20 miles of hiking trails, the Holden Arboretum is a nature lover’s paradise. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Holden Arboretum: A nature lover’s dream to be enjoyed by all," 11 June 2020 During the visit, Mr. Ortiz explains that each ahupua’a included forest area up high and a cultivated area below, and depending on the politics and economy of each ahupua’a, its size was different from another. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "Hawaii Is a Paradise, but Whose?," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Cultivated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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