Cultivate a respect for the law.
Cultivating a posh accent.
To cultivate one's mind.
To cultivate a taste for music.
Cultivated the club's new members.
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.
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”).