Cultivate Definition

cultivated, cultivates, cultivating
cultivated, cultivates, cultivating
To prepare and use (soil or land) for growing crops; till.
Webster's New World
To break up the surface soil around (plants) in order to destroy weeds, prevent crusting, and preserve moisture.
Webster's New World
To grow (plants, crops, etc.)
Webster's New World
To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
American Heritage
To improve or develop (plants) by various horticultural techniques.
Webster's New World

Origin of Cultivate

  • 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

  • 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

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