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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CULTIVATE, v.t. [L., to till, to dwell.]
1. To till; to prepare for crops; to manure, plow, dress, sow and reap; to labor on manage and improve in husbandry; as, to cultivate land; to cultivate a farm.
2. To improve by labor or study; to advance the growth of; to refine and improve by correction of faults, and enlargement of powers or good qualities; as, to cultivate talents; to cultivate a taste for poetry.
3. To study; to labor to improve or advance; as, to cultivate philosophy; to cultivate the mind.
4. To cherish; to foster; to labor to promote and increase; as, to cultivate the love of excellence; to cultivate gracious affections.
5. To improve; to meliorate, or to labor to make better; to correct; to civilize; as, to cultivate the wild savage.
6. To raise or produce by tillage; as, to cultivate corn or grass.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: foster the growth of
2: prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land" [syn: cultivate, crop, work]
3: teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry" [syn: educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise]
4: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise, tame]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-vated; -vating) Etymology: Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from cultivus cultivable, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere Date: circa 1655 1. to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants) 2. a. to foster the growth of <cultivate vegetables> b. culture 2a c. to improve by labor, care, or study ; refine <cultivate the mind> 3. further, encourage <cultivate the arts> 4. to seek the society of ; make friends with cultivatable adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 a prepare and use (soil etc.) for crops or gardening. b break up (the ground) with a cultivator. 2 a raise or produce (crops). b culture (bacteria etc.). 3 a (often as cultivated adj.) apply oneself to improving or developing (the mind, manners, etc.). b pay attention to or nurture (a person or a person's friendship). Derivatives: cultivable adj. cultivatable adj. cultivation n. Etymology: med.L cultivare f. cultiva (terra) arable (land) (as CULT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cultivate Cul"ti*vate (k?l"t?-v?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cultivated (-v?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Cultivating (-v?`-t?ng).] [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of colere to till, cultivate. Cf. Colony.] 1. To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil. 2. To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought to; to foster; to cherish. Leisure . . . to cultivate general literature. --Wordsworth. 3. To seek the society of; to court intimacy with. I ever looked on Lord Keppel as one of the greatest and best men of his age; and I loved and cultivated him accordingly. --Burke. 4. To improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to; to civilize; to refine. To cultivate the wild, licentious savage. --Addison. The mind of man hath need to be prepared for piety and virtue; it must be cultivated to the end. --Tillotson. 5. To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing; as, to cultivate corn or grass.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cultivates, cultivating, cultivated) 1. If you cultivate land or crops, you prepare land and grow crops on it. She also cultivated a small garden of her own. ...the few patches of cultivated land. VERB: V n, V-ed cultivation ...the cultivation of fruits and vegetables... Farmers with many acres under cultivation profited. N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp, prep N 2. If you cultivate an attitude, image, or skill, you try hard to develop it and make it stronger or better. Cultivating a positive mental attitude towards yourself can reap tremendous benefits. VERB: V n cultivation ...the cultivation of a positive approach to life and health. N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n 3. If you cultivate someone or cultivate a friendship with them, you try hard to develop a friendship with them. Howe carefully cultivated Daniel C. Roper, the Assistant Postmaster General... Estonia has done much to cultivate the friendship of western European countries. VERB: V n, V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Till, prepare for crops, raise crops from, improve by husbandry. 2. Improve, refine, elevate, civilize, meliorate, make better, train, discipline, develop. 3. Study, investigate, pursue, search into. 4. Foster, cherish, promote, nourish, patronize.

Moby Thesaurus

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