What does cultivate mean?

Definitions for cultivate
ˈkʌl təˌveɪtcul·ti·vate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cultivateverb

    foster the growth of

  2. cultivate, crop, workverb

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

  3. educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civiliseverb

    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, tameverb

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

    "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"

Wiktionary

  1. cultivateverb

    To grow plants, notably crops

    Farmers should cultivate their crops to get a good harvest.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. cultivateverb

    To nurture; to foster; to tend.

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. cultivateverb

    To turn or stir soil in preparation for planting.

    Etymology: 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. Cultivateverb

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

    Etymology: [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.]

  2. Cultivateverb

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

    Etymology: [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.]

  3. Cultivateverb

    to seek the society of; to court intimacy with

    Etymology: [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.]

  4. Cultivateverb

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

    Etymology: [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.]

  5. Cultivateverb

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

    Etymology: [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cultivate

    kul′ti-vāt, v.i. to till or produce by tillage: to prepare for crops: to devote attention to: to civilise or refine.—adjs. Cul′tivable, Cultivat′able, capable of being cultivated.—ns. Cultivā′tion, the art or practice of cultivating: civilisation: refinement; Cul′tivator.—Cultivate a person's friendship, to endeavour to get his good-will. [Low L. cultivāre, -ātum—L. colĕre, to till, to worship.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cultivate

    To make or prepare to plant.

    They did cultivate the land to prepare for the planting of the trees.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cultivate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cultivate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cultivate in a Sentence

  1. Dossie Easton:

    Sexual jealousy is supposed to be somehow unconquerable and immovable, but that is a myth. It's really serious emotional work to unlearn jealousy and cultivate other ways to feel secure in a relationship, but it's possible. I've been doing it in my practice for the past 20 years and in my own life since 1969.

  2. Ali Sheikh:

    Afghanistan cultivate the stock they get from Iran, give it an original certificate and supply it to buyers, saffron that comes to Spain is mixed with Spanish saffron and sold.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The devil lacks inspiration that's why he has to imitate everything. Cultivate your thoughts!

  4. William Powell:

    Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    We need to inspire more young people to ask about the stars, we have to watch for and cultivate and encourage those glimmers of curiosity and possibility - not suppress them, not squelch them.

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