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  1. prepared and used for raising crops; tilled: cultivated land.
  2. produced or improved by cultivation, as a plant.
  3. educated; refined; cultured: cultivated tastes.

Origin of cultivated

First recorded in 1655–65; cultivate + -ed2
Related formsmis·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivenon·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivepseu·do·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivequa·si-cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivesem·i·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivesu·per·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·cul·ti·vat·ed, adjectivewell-cul·ti·vat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcultivated cultured


verb (used with object), cul·ti·vat·ed, cul·ti·vat·ing.
  1. to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
  2. to use a cultivator on.
  3. to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention.
  4. to produce by culture: to cultivate a strain of bacteria.
  5. to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine: to cultivate a singing voice.
  6. to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
  7. to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
  8. to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).
  9. to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).

Origin of cultivate

1610–20; < Medieval Latin cultīvātus (past participle of cultīvāre to till), equivalent to cultīv(us) (Latin cult(us), past participle of colere to care for, till (cf. cult) + -īvus -ive) + -ātus -ate1
Related formso·ver·cul·ti·vate, verb (used with object), o·ver·cul·ti·vat·ed, o·ver·cul·ti·vat·ing.pre·cul·ti·vate, verb (used with object), pre·cul·ti·vat·ed, pre·cul·ti·vat··cul·ti·vate, verb (used with object), re·cul·ti·vat·ed, re·cul·ti·vat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cultivated

Contemporary Examples of cultivated

Historical Examples of cultivated

  • None of the poetry indeed by him cultivated was of any sort requiring study.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The cultivated Jewess no longer cuts off her hair at her marriage.

  • The current of cultivated opinion has long set in this direction.

  • A considerable portion of the land hereabouts is cultivated.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The drama was cultivated by the Incas, and dramatic performances were enacted before them.

    Apu Ollantay


British Dictionary definitions for cultivated


  1. cultured, refined, or educated
  2. ((of land or soil))
    1. subjected to tillage or cultivation
    2. tilled and broken up
  3. (of plants) specially bred or improved by cultivation


verb (tr)
  1. to till and prepare (land or soil) for the growth of crops
  2. to plant, tend, harvest, or improve (plants) by labour and skill
  3. to break up (land or soil) with a cultivator or hoe
  4. to improve or foster (the mind, body, etc) as by study, education, or labour
  5. to give special attention toto cultivate a friendship; to cultivate a hobby
  6. to give or bring culture to (a person, society, etc); civilize

Word Origin for cultivate

C17: from Medieval Latin cultivāre to till, from Old French cultiver, from Medieval Latin cultīvus cultivable, from Latin cultus cultivated, from colere to till, toil over
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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