- To cultivate is designed as to prepare land to grow something or to nurture and cause growth, either literally or figuratively.
- An example of cultivate is when you prepare land to farm on it.
- An example of cultivate is when you cause carrots to grow.
- An example of cultivate is when you work to create a friendship and help that friendship grow.
- An example of cultivate is when you decide to learn about wine so you can expand your appreciation for it and learn to more deeply enjoy the taste of it.
transitive verbcultivated, cultivating
- to prepare and use (soil or land) for growing crops; till
- to break up the surface soil around (plants) in order to destroy weeds, prevent crusting, and preserve moisture
- to grow (plants, crops, fish, etc.) from seeds, bulbs, shoots, etc.
- to improve or develop (plants) by various horticultural techniques
- to improve by care, training, or study; refine: to cultivate one's mind
- to promote the development or growth of; acquire and develop: to cultivate a taste for music
- to seek to develop familiarity with; give one's attention to; pursue
Origin of cultivate; from Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare ; from Late Latin cultivus, tilled ; from Classical Latin cultus: see cult
transitive verbcul·ti·vat·ed, cul·ti·vat·ing, cul·ti·vates
- a. To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.b. To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).
- To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
- To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
- To encourage or foster: cultivate a respect for the law. See Synonyms at nurture.
- To acquire, develop, or refine, as by education: cultivating a posh accent.
- To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with: cultivated the club's new members.
Origin of cultivateMedieval Latin cultīvāre, cultīvāt-, from cultīvus, tilled, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere, to till; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present cultivates, present participle cultivating, simple past and past participle cultivated)
From Medieval Latin cultivātus, perfect passive participle of cultivō (“till, cultivate”), from cultīvus (“tilled”), from Latin cultus, perfect passive participle of colō (“till, cultivate”), which comes from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“to move; to turn (around)”). Cognates include Ancient Greek πέλω (pelō) and Sanskrit चरति (cárati). The same Proto-Indo-European root also gave Latin in-quil-īnus (“inhabitant”) and anculus (“servant”).