What does cultivate mean?

Definitions for cultivateˈkʌl təˌveɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cultivate.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Haji Janan:

    We have to cultivate poppy.

  2. Sindiswa Matyobeni:

    Challenges cultivate ingenuity

  3. Amit Ray:

    Raise you awareness and cultivate your uniqueness.

  4. Michael Biundo:

    We're going to cultivate that and put in an effort in both those states.

  5. Lawana Blackwell:

    It isn't kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience.

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