What does cultivate mean?

Definitions for cultivate
ˈkʌl təˌveɪtcul·ti·vate

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. cultivate(Verb)

    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. cultivate(Verb)

    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. cultivate(Verb)

    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. Cultivate(verb)

    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. Cultivate(verb)

    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. Cultivate(verb)

    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. Cultivate(verb)

    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. Cultivate(verb)

    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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Numerology

  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. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

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

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.

  3. Lowry Caudill:

    Today's decisions make an unequivocal statement about Carolina's values and the importance of continuing to cultivate an inclusive and positive educational atmosphere for our campus.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Creation and cultivation of Beauty doesn’t happen without tremendous Endurance. True Beauty is often emerged out of Chaos and Turbulence. Look at the eruptions of Volcanoes and shaking of Earth that give birth to beautiful mountains and scenic lakes. Think of those amazingly attractive Stalactites formed only after continuous erosion by slow dripping water. Something far superior, magnificent, better and beautiful always appears out of otherwise ordinary - only after enduring the colossal Chaos, frightening Fury, traumatizing Turbulence and disturbing Disorder within the stagnant Status Quo. That’s the reality of life! So, accept and endure the changes, no matter how chaotic, stormy and irrational they may seem to you today. You are chosen by Supreme Powers to Create and Cultivate the Beauty, something that never existed before – only through your exceptional Endurance. And I am sure that you will, my friend, pass this test with flying colors. You’ve done it before, and you’ll do it again. Go on, and break a leg!

  5. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.

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