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

Origin of cultivation

First recorded in 1690–1700; cultivate + -ion
Related formsnon·cul·ti·va·tion, nouno·ver·cul·ti·va·tion, nounpre·cul·ti·va·tion, nounre·cul·ti·va·tion, nounself-cul·ti·va·tion, nounun·cul·ti·va·tion, noun

Synonyms for cultivation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cultivation

Contemporary Examples of cultivation

  • Neither Curran nor Linder are against the cultivation of oil palms for human consumption.

  • In the past number of years, cultivation has increased from 131,000 hectares in 2011 to 154,000 hectares in 2012.

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    Afghanistan: An Opium Grower's Paradise

    Ilana Glazer

    April 15, 2013

  • Beyond that, however, the cultivation of olive groves reaches back centuries, and trees typically live for 200 years or more.

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    Palestinian Olive Harvest And The Talmud

    Emily L. Hauser

    November 1, 2012

  • This cultivation arrangement was continued after the 1967 Israeli conquest of the West Bank in the Six Day War.

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    Beitar's Legacy

    Benny Morris

    June 5, 2012

  • In essence, Kornél Esti is a novel that celebrates the cultivation of masks.

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    3 Must-Read Novels

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    April 11, 2011

Historical Examples of cultivation

British Dictionary definitions for cultivation



  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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Word Origin and History for cultivation

c.1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from French cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from Latin cultivare "to till" (see cultivate). Meaning "raising of a plant or crop" is from 1719; literal sense of "tilling of the land" is from 1725.

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cultivation in Medicine




The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.
Related formsculti•vate′ v.
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