verb (used with object), cul·ti·vat·ed, cul·ti·vat·ing.
- cultivate one's own garden,
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|Christopher Dickey|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Samantha Allen|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Rich Goldstein|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps the general did not cultivate his fame as “The Marble Man,” but he earned it.
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|Michael Tomasky|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The early colonists brought with them a limited knowledge of swimming, but they did not have the leisure to cultivate this skill.Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States|Claudia B. Kidwell
But the Alcalde was the chief influence in the town, and it was policy to cultivate him.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
To seek their society without cause, to choose their company, to cultivate intimacy with them, is very dangerous to the soul.Practical Religion|John Charles Ryle
These Indians cultivate the land in common, and when the crop is gathered, it is divided after recognized laws of their own.Aztec Land|Maturin M. Ballou
He also had a right to cultivate any unoccupied land, and add it to his own.Omaha sociology (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (pages 205-370))|James Owen Dorsey
Word Origin 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.