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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for well-cultivated

Historical Examples of well-cultivated

  • The country about Ogden is well-cultivated and pleasant looking.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

    The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • They had cities and roads, and tanks for water, and well-cultivated fields.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It is mountainous, but has many rich and well-cultivated districts.

  • Mr. Allen says that the well-cultivated seedling of Japan Iris "has no superior in the floral world."

    A Garden with House Attached

    Sarah Warner Brooks

  • He passed through an extensive, fertile, well-cultivated, and beautiful tract of land called the Great Valley.

British Dictionary definitions for well-cultivated


adjective (well cultivated when postpositive)
  1. (of land, plants, etc) tilled, planted, or maintained in a satisfactory manner
  2. (of a trait, talent, etc) fostered or improved by study or practicehis well-cultivated sarcasm
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  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
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