cultivate

verb

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

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)
2
a
: 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
cultivatable 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 During these years, Foster cultivated a reputation for being aloof and self-protective. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2024 King Richard stars Will Smith as their father, Richard Williams, and shares how his unwavering belief, commitment, inner strength, and grit helped to cultivate two of the greatest female athletes alive today. Lynnette Nicholas, Parents, 16 Feb. 2024 Before 2000, little to no coffee was cultivated in California. Julie Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 According to Calm, setting intentions helps to cultivate a positive and proactive mindset, which guides your daily actions and decisions toward a more fulfilling life. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 15 Feb. 2024 More contemporary tropes also tend to cultivate sympathetic, romanticized villains, many of whom abhor their violent destinies, attempting to diminish their guilt by seeking morbid personalities to feed on. Nicholas Bell, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2024 Her keen eye for identifying great stories and cultivating relationships with talent will only fortify our growing slate of television, and Natalie and I are thrilled to have her on board. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 Since business leaders became serious about getting employees back to offices post-pandemic, the idea of cultivating a work culture that boosts productivity, and the bottom line has been many bosses’ white whale. Trey Williams, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cultivate was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cultivate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cultivate

verb
cul·​ti·​vate ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce cultivate (audio)
cultivated; cultivating
1
a
: to prepare land for the raising of crops
b
: to loosen or break up the soil around (growing plants)
2
a
: to raise or assist the growth of by tilling or by labor and care
cultivate vegetables
cultivate oysters
3
: to improve or develop by careful attention, training, or study : devote time and thought to
cultivate one's mind
cultivate the arts
4
: to seek the company and friendship of

Medical Definition

cultivate

transitive verb
cul·​ti·​vate ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce cultivate (audio)
cultivated; cultivating
: culture sense 1
viruses cultivated in brain tissue

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