[ kuhl-tuh-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkʌl təˈveɪ ʃən /


the act or art of cultivating.
the state of being cultivated.
culture; refinement.

Origin of cultivation

First recorded in 1690–1700; cultivate + -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for cultivation

/ (ˌkʌltɪˈveɪʃən) /


  1. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
  2. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
development, esp through education, training, etc
culture or sophistication, esp social refinement
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Medical definitions for cultivation

[ kŭl′tə-vāshən ]


The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.

Other words from cultivation

culti•vate′ v.
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