- 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 over-cultivated
Are there no ladders to be found in this benighted and over-cultivated region?Red Rose and Tiger Lily
L. T. Meade
Any man, suffering from over-cultivated self-esteem, can be supplied by this club with wholesome physic.Jonathan and His Continent
All the years of his over-hurried, over-cultivated, ambitious life he had delved into the psychology of others.Out of the Ashes
Ethel Watts Mumford
Female virtue has been over-cultivated, the flower has grown to an enormous size, but it has lost its scent.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- 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 over-cultivated
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.