Definition of Cultivate

1. Verb. Foster the growth of. "They cultivate rye in the field"

Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Specialized synonyms: Farm, Grow, Produce, Raise
Derivative terms: Cultivation, Cultivation, Cultivator

2. Verb. Prepare for crops. ; "Cultivate the land"
Exact synonyms: Crop, Work
Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Generic synonyms: Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set, Set Up
Related verbs: Knead, Work
Specialized synonyms: Overcrop, Overcultivate
Derivative terms: Crop, Cultivation, Cultivator

3. Verb. Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment. "She is well schooled in poetry"
Exact synonyms: Civilise, Civilize, Educate, School, Train
Generic synonyms: Down, Fine-tune, Polish, Refine
Specialized synonyms: Sophisticate
Derivative terms: Civilisation, Civilization, Cultivation, Education

4. Verb. Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment. "Tame the soil"
Exact synonyms: Domesticate, Naturalise, Naturalize, Tame
Category relationships: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Adapt
Derivative terms: Naturalisation, Naturalisation, Naturalization, Naturalization

Definition of Cultivate

1. v. t. To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil.

Definition of Cultivate

1. Verb. To grow plants, notably crops ¹

2. Verb. To nurture; to foster; to tend. ¹

3. Verb. To turn or stir soil in preparation for planting. ¹

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Definition of Cultivate


Lexicographical Neighbors of Cultivate

cultivate (current term)
cultivated cabbage
cultivated carrot
cultivated celery
cultivated crab apple
cultivated land
cultivated parsnip
cultivated plant
cultivated rice
cultivated strawberry
cultivated yeast

Literary usage of Cultivate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1900)
"CHAPTER XI Of the Spirit in which the Americans cultivate the 'Arts IT would be to waste the time of my readers and my own if I strove to demonstrate how ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"In the spring of 1919 the plaintiff, through some arrangements with Lawrence K. Spencer and Willie Spencer Foster, was permitted I to cultivate their lot, ..."

3. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"... highly-appreciative feeling towards Art and its professors, which it is the consolation and happiness of Mr. Fairlie's suffering existence to cultivate, ..."

4. The Law of Nations, Or, Principles of the Law of Nature Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty, Edward Duncan Ingraham (1867)
"Then nations will be seen sincerely and cheerfully to help each other, earnestly to promote their common welfare, and cultivate peace, without jealousy or ..."

5. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1856)
"•WK SHOULD PROPERLY cultivate THB SOIL. Occupying, as* we do, ... in the possession of a farm, so to cultivate and BO to improve and embellish it, ..."

6. The Spirit of Laws by Charles de Secondat Montesquieu (1793)
"... as they do •*• not cultivate the earth, they are not fixed, they aie wanderers and vagabonds; and, if one chief would de- ^ prive them of their liberty, ..."

7. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty (1883)
"This is other, earnestly to promote their common welfare, and cultivate peace, without jealousy or distrust. 2 12. Each A real friendship will be seen to ..."

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