- to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
- to use a cultivator on.
- to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention.
- to produce by culture: to cultivate a strain of bacteria.
- to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine: to cultivate a singing voice.
- to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
- to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
- to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).
- to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).
Origin of cultivate
Examples from the Web for cultivate
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy used it to cultivate right-wing anti-immigrant voters.Abu Dhabi Stabbing: Why Law Enforcement Hates The Niqab & Burqa
December 3, 2014
And Facebook, under COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, has attempted to cultivate a reputation for being friendly to parents.Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit
October 17, 2014
With Bruce Wayne out of the picture, Dick Grayson is free to cultivate that hitherto underdeveloped aspect of his abilities.The CIA Spook Turned Comic Book Scribe: Robin Grabs a Gun in ‘Grayson’
June 24, 2014
Perhaps the general did not cultivate his fame as “The Marble Man,” but he earned it.How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee
June 22, 2014
Dredging up Lewinsky, on the other hand, shows that some care was taken to cultivate conservatives.Rand Paul Woos the Base With Hot Monica Lewinsky Talk
February 12, 2014
The British lady, the British gentleman too, seems to cultivate a natural repellence.Weighed and Wanting
We must cultivate the noble virtues that have their root in pride.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
It should further engage us to cultivate humility and patience.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Why should we cultivate talents merely to gratify the caprice of tyrants?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
They have become Spiritualists, I understand, and cultivate Mediums.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- to till and prepare (land or soil) for the growth of crops
- to plant, tend, harvest, or improve (plants) by labour and skill
- to break up (land or soil) with a cultivator or hoe
- to improve or foster (the mind, body, etc) as by study, education, or labour
- to give special attention toto cultivate a friendship; to cultivate a hobby
- to give or bring culture to (a person, society, etc); civilize
Word Origin and History for cultivate
early 17c., from Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from Late Latin cultivus "tilled," from Latin cultus (see cult). Figurative sense of "improve by training or education" is from 1680s. Related: Cultivable; cultivated; cultivating.