- 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.
- 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: ; from Midieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare ; from Late Latin cultivus, tilled ; from Classical Latin cultus: see cult
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transitive verb cul·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 nurture; foster. See Synonyms at nurture.
- To form and refine, as by education.
- To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.
Origin: Medieval Latin cultīvāre, cultīvāt-, from cultīvus, tilled, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere, to till; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- culˈti·vatˌa·ble adjective