Definitions for cultivateˈkʌl təˌveɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cul•ti•vateˈkʌl təˌveɪt(v.t.)-vat•ed, -vat•ing.

  1. to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.

    Category: Agriculture

  2. to use a cultivator on.

    Category: Agriculture

  3. to promote or improve the growth of (a plant or crop) by labor and attention.

    Category: Agriculture

  4. to produce by culture:

    to cultivate a strain of bacteria.

  5. to develop or improve by education or training:

    to cultivate a talent.

  6. to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.).

  7. to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).

  8. to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).

  9. to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).

Origin of cultivate:

1610–20; < ML cultīvātus, ptp. of cultīvāre to till, der. of cultīvus cultivable (L cult(us), ptp. of colere to care for, till +-īvus -ive )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cultivate(verb)

    foster the growth of

  2. cultivate, crop, work(verb)

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

  3. educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise(verb)

    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

  4. domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise, tame(verb)

    adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

    "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cultivate(verb)ˈkʌl təˌveɪt

    to prepare soil and grow crops

    to cultivate the land

  2. cultivateˈkʌl təˌveɪt

    to try to develop a skill, quality, or relationship

    the aim of cultivating an enquiring mind; to cultivate new friendships; the cultivation of sugar cane; the cultivation of business contacts


  1. cultivate(Verb)

    To grow plants, notably crops

    Farmers should cultivate their crops to get a good harvest.

  2. cultivate(Verb)

    To nurture; to foster; to tend.

    They tried to cultivate an interest in learning among their students.

  3. cultivate(Verb)

    To turn or stir soil in preparation for planting.

  4. Origin: From cultivatus, perfect passive participle of cultivo, from cultivus, from cultus, perfect passive participle of colo, which comes from earlier *, from kʷel-. Cognates include Ancient Greek and Sanskrit . The same Proto-Indo-European root also gave Latin inquilinus and anculus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cultivate(verb)

    to bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil

  2. Cultivate(verb)

    to direct special attention to; to devote time and thought to; to foster; to cherish

  3. Cultivate(verb)

    to seek the society of; to court intimacy with

  4. Cultivate(verb)

    to improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to; to civilize; to refine

  5. Cultivate(verb)

    to raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing; as, to cultivate corn or grass

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to prepare (land) for crops.

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