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cultivation

[kuhl-tuh-vey-shuhn]
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noun
  1. the act or art of cultivating.
  2. the state of being cultivated.
  3. culture; refinement.
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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

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cultivation

noun
  1. agriculture
    1. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
    2. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
  2. development, esp through education, training, etc
  3. culture or sophistication, esp social refinement
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Word Origin and History for cultivation

n.

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

cultivation

(kŭl′tə-vāshən)
n.
  1. The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.
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Related formsculti•vate′ v.
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