Cultivate meaning

kŭl'tə-vāt'
To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
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To encourage or foster.

Cultivate a respect for the law.

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To acquire, develop, or refine, as by education.

Cultivating a posh accent.

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To nurture; to foster; to tend.

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

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To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
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To turn or stir soil in preparation for planting.
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To prepare and use (soil or land) for growing crops; till.
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To break up the surface soil around (plants) in order to destroy weeds, prevent crusting, and preserve moisture.
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To grow (plants, crops, etc.)
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To improve or develop (plants) by various horticultural techniques.
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To improve by care, training, or study; refine.

To cultivate one's mind.

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To promote the development or growth of; acquire and develop.

To cultivate a taste for music.

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To seek to develop familiarity with; give one's attention to; pursue.
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To grow plants, notably crops.

Farmers should cultivate their crops to get a good harvest.

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To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

Cultivated the club's new members.

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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.

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Origin of cultivate

  • Medieval Latin cultīvāre cultīvāt- from cultīvus tilled from Latin cultus past participle of colere to till kwel-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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”).
    From Wiktionary