Thesaurus

cultivate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of cultivate

1 to come to have gradually
  • cultivated a taste for opera in order to fit in with his new circle of friends

Synonyms for cultivate

Words Related to cultivate

Near Antonyms for cultivate

Antonyms for cultivate

2 to help the growth or development of
  • cultivated a passion for learning among his students over the years

Synonyms for cultivate

Words Related to cultivate

Near Antonyms for cultivate

Antonyms for cultivate

3 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care
  • in an attempt to produce New World counterparts of the wines that he had enjoyed in Europe, Jefferson cultivated several varieties of grapes at Monticello

Synonyms for cultivate

Words Related to cultivate

Near Antonyms for cultivate

4 to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops on
  • we ought to cultivate the field out back

Synonyms for cultivate

Words Related to cultivate

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cultivate

Time Traveler for cultivate

Time Traveler

The first known use of cultivate was in 1588

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cultivate. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cultivate

Dictionary: Definition of cultivate

Medical Dictionary: Definition of cultivate

Nglish: Translation of cultivate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cultivate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on cultivate

What made you want to look up cultivate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!